[Rumor] iPhone 3GS may be killed off

It appears that Apple's iPhone 3GS might be killed off at some point in the near future. While not a massive surprise in itself (the iPhone 3GS released in June 2009), it seems that Apple might be preparing two iPhone models for this year, with one as a lower cost device. As 9 to 5 Mac reports, some carriers in different countries are reporting a lack of iPhone 3GS shipments arriving in different regions. An international retailer has also reported that the iPhone 3GS has since been removed from their stock database.

In previous cases, Apple has reduced the number of shipments of a product prior to its upgrade releasing, or its discontinuation. This minimizes the inventory of devices that need to be sold, and Apple tend to move the inventory that was not sent out to their 'Refurbished' section of the Apple Store. European iPhone carriers have also stated that the incoming stock of the device is unusually low, and an American reseller has also echoed these thoughts. A source with a position in Apple's global shipment operation has also said that the iPhone 3GS stock in the channel is lower than normal as well.

Another theory raised is that the iPhone 3GS may be upgraded slightly in order to become the lower-priced handset, and the earlier 3GS models would be killed off while an upgraded model would take its place. The chances of this are impossible to predict, but it is an interesting suggestion that 9 to 5 Mac has raised. It would allow for the device to retain its low price point, while still having some acceptable specifications.

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Northgrove said,
Hehe, hardly surprising. What was more surprising was that iOS 5 supported 3GS!

Was wondering the same, not that owners will have a problem with that They cut the 3G off after 4.x

thommcg said,

Was wondering the same, not that owners will have a problem with that They cut the 3G off after 4.x

The 3G runs 4.x really, really slow. They should have stopped 3G support at 3.x or optimized that slow excuse for a mobile OS.

thommcg said,

Was wondering the same, not that owners will have a problem with that They cut the 3G off after 4.x

It's a matter of hardware, the 3G was to slow to run 4.x even, the 3Gs can easily handle both 4.x and 5.x

Phil D said,

Does "may" not imply rumor to you?

Of course, but I think the title is still misleading. This article doesn't say anything new that hasn't already been discussed in previous posts, except for a rumour at the bottom which has nothing to do with the 3GS being "killed off".

This article is more speculation than fact, and I don't think the 'may' encapsulates that.

Also, when browsing the news feed, I expect titles that don't have [Rumour] to have much more concrete evidence. I think for the general public's sake this article should indicate that.

Medking said,
I think this article should be labelled as [Rumour].

I doubt that Apple would upgrade the 3GS only to make it the lower end model, when we know that the next (=new) iPhone is on its way. (http://iphone5release.org/att-...-september-iphone-5-launch/)

I think the 3GS will be killed off, and instead we'll be seeing a 4GS. (...maybe not a 5 just yet)



They already have updated the 3Gs, it's called iPhone 4...
The 3Gs will be discontinued when a new iphone launches and the iPhone 4 will take it's place as the cheaper model.

Leonick said,

They already have updated the 3Gs, it's called iPhone 4...
The 3Gs will be discontinued when a new iphone launches and the iPhone 4 will take it's place as the cheaper model.

Did you read the article above before commenting?

The last paragraph is suggesting that Apple would keep the 3GS around (maybe with upgraded processors / camera) and make that the lower-end model. Note, this is only speculation (which is why I stress the rumour point) that 9to5 Mac has made.

As far as I'm concerned the iPhone 4 is a totally different phone, and this is confirmed by the mere fact that both models exist as different purchase options. I don't see why they would keep the 3GS around - it would make more sense to 'shift the spectrum'. (Make 4G lowest, and release the 4GS - imo)

Medking said,

The last paragraph is suggesting that Apple would keep the 3GS around (maybe with upgraded processors / camera) and make that the lower-end model.

That's just not going to happen. What a crazy rumour.

Manish said,

That's just not going to happen. What a crazy rumour.

Which is precisely why I advocated for [Rumour].

I completely agree.

Hardly surprising, Apple just doesn't see the sense in supporting a product for more than 2-3yrs, software wise. After iOS 5 we will be in the dark as with the previous generation iPhones.
Never going to buy an Apple product again, Android/Windows for me.

sta1ns said,
Hardly surprising, Apple just doesn't see the sense in supporting a product for more than 2-3yrs, software wise. After iOS 5 we will be in the dark as with the previous generation iPhones.
Never going to buy an Apple product again, Android/Windows for me.

you got to be kidding me? Android?? lol when some manufacturers struggle to update theirs after 6 mths, either you are very unaware or just trolling

sta1ns said,
Hardly surprising, Apple just doesn't see the sense in supporting a product for more than 2-3yrs, software wise. After iOS 5 we will be in the dark as with the previous generation iPhones.
Never going to buy an Apple product again, Android/Windows for me.

With Android you'll have 18 months now since the manufactures signed a deal saying they would support things at least that long . Before that deal they didn't support stuff more than a month or two when the launched their next phone...
If you want manufacturer support Android is the last platform to go to

evo_spook said,

you got to be kidding me? Android?? lol when some manufacturers struggle to update theirs after 6 mths, either you are very unaware or just trolling

Don't care for manufacturer updates much, I like the custom roms, there're always up to date for me. Got Android 2.3.5 on my HD2 and WP7 Mango beta which aren't supported for the device.

I guess I don't like how Apple continuously tries to lock down their devices so they have it running the way they want it.

sta1ns said,
Hardly surprising, Apple just doesn't see the sense in supporting a product for more than 2-3yrs, software wise. After iOS 5 we will be in the dark as with the previous generation iPhones.
Never going to buy an Apple product again, Android/Windows for me.

Windows Mobile/ WP7 and related hardware are supported longer?

The 3GS is still a very capable phone but I don't see them upgrading it. But then again, it could be possible. All it needs is a flash for the camera.

Soulsiphon said,
I still have an original iPhone if someone wants it

Send it my way!

Have never owned an iPhone, and would like to play with one.

Leonick said,
That's not a rumour, we know that will happen once a new one launches...

Read the article. There is speculation on whether this will happen or not, hence the "may" in the title.

Also see my above post.

I think right now, given that no one seems to be able to provide more concrete evidence, it is a rumour.

I'm not trying to be nit-picky above, but I think that the distinction should be made between the hard facts and the speculated ones.

Of course, I completely agree - I don't see why they would keep the 3GS around.

Killed off? Poor choice of wording, as far as I'm aware the phones will still work, they just won't recieve any more updates after iOS5 - that's called product lifecycle.....

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