New iPhone 3GS announced, pricing and release dates

Apple showed off their newest model of the iPhone today called the iPhone 3GS (the 's' stands for speed). The new model looks almost identical to the current 3G iPhone, with a rear facing camera and same basic trim and finish.

Some highlights of the new iPhone include a 3 mega-pixel camera, with auto focus, auto white balance and auto exposure - allowing you to change white balance and focus on the fly by a tap of the screen. The camera also doubles as a VGA video recorder at 30fps with audio. The video recorder also allows trimming of videos recorded on the iPhone or iPod touch, with simple taps of the screen.


3MP camera being used:

Low level and Macro modes:

Video editing:

The phone also has voice control or better known as voice recognition, that allows you to say the name of the person you want to call, great for hands free calling. Consumers can simply say "Call Tom Warren", calling the contact stored in the phones memory. These features and more come under the iPhone's new accessibility feature, such as VoiceOver that is touch-to-talk, where the device reads what you touch on screen. The new iPhone also recognizes simple commands like "What's playing?", reading back to you the current artist and song.

VoiceControl:

The new device also has a built in compass for navigation purposes, paired nicely with the new TomTom addition, consumers navigation purposes are all built into the new iPhone 3GS. Nike+ support comes built into the iPhone, for consumers with the required shoes or devices can track their workout progress from the device and on iTunes.

Built in compass:

Nike+ support:

Apple says that, "this is the most powerful, fastest iPhone ever made." and that launching messages will load 2.1x faster, loading SimCity loads 2.4x faster, viewing Excel files loads 3.6x faster, and loading New York Times loads 2.9x faster. Apple also included some benchmarks of SunSpider javascript showing the difference between each model load times, iPhone 2.0 126 seconds, 3G 43 seconds and 3GS 15 seconds.

The iPhone 3GS shows improved battery life across the board, with the exception of stand-by time and 3G Internet usage. The device, which doesn't state if it is a new battery configuration or reduced energy usage in applications, but the device improves usage by a few hours in audio, video playback, wi-fi and talk-time.

Improved battery life:


(images courtesy of: gizmodo.com)

The iPhone 3GS also has a hardware encryption to protect users data, including an instantaneous remote wipe, that can be executed from MobileMe via your Mac or PC. It also includes an encrypted iTunes backup for your TV shows, music, movies and other personal media.

Pricing and launch date:
Pricing for the current iPhone 3G will be dropped to $99* for the 8GB model, where the new iPhone 3GS will sell for $199* for 16GB and $299* for 32GB in both black and white available June 19th in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Other countries will follow July '09 and August '09.
* is with contract from AT&T

The iPhone 3GS is available for preview at the Apple.com Store

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Are O2 going to be doing the free upgrade to the new model like they did with the old one, as long as you renewed your contract?

but the hardware itself...
like, i'm neither a mac or pc advocate, i like to examine both, so excuse the passivity (perhaps?).

what i see is the iphone as it is right now, with a small s enclosed in a box added to the name, and a new os upgrade (3.0)

i see no changes to the exterior itself...
there was much speculation that the back was going to be rubbery or something similar? or that the camera was going to be upgraded extensively?
whatever happened to that...?

for me the exterior is crucial. i was truly hoping for a really mind-boggling design. now that it's been revealed to be the same as the current iphone 3.0 it seems anticlimactic. and also just a rather big let down....

They must have some upgrades left for the next iPhone, otherwise people won't spend tons of money on minor upgrades all the time. Silly.

Uh, no. It has a much faster processor, compass (NOT via GPS), and an upgraded camera as well. It will also have some software features not available to those upgrading a regular iPhone 3G to 3.0 software.

If Fido(If Rogers is getting it Fido should too since there one and the same) gets this I'll be getting the 3GS, just hope I dont have to pay full retail for it...

Kind of a disappointment overall for me. Tethering looks great (of course won't be available until later this summer with AT&T), the lost my iPhone feature looks nice combined with the remote wipe, the video recording/editing, and voice commands app look great as well. Other than that, not much new. I've been testing OS 3.0 for a little while now so I guess that eager anticipation isn't there for me lol. The biggest disappointments: no OLED screen as rumors hinted at and the upgrade pricing structure is awful. Luckily I don't mind getting a new number and moving to my own plan (getting married in 3 weeks) but I had no problem getting the first iPhone two years ago, then the 3G last year (all at advertised prices). Now they're telling me the 3G phone from last year had something in the contract which doesn't make me eligible for a phone upgrade until 2010. Sucks. Snow Leopard looks nice though, and $29 to upgrade, unbelievable.

Dude, there is just no way OLED could have been brought to the iPhone this year. There aren't that manufacturers making screens, and certainly none at the level needed to supply Apple. If it can't supply Apple for all of their iPhones, then it's better they not stick the technology in their phone yet. Plus, the manufacturing process also needs time to mature. The Zune is the first mass-produced device to get OLED screens (other MP3 players are manufactured in MUCH lower numbers than the Zune will be) and there is no doubt there will be mistakes down the way.

I do expect to see OLED in 2010, depending on how many Zunes Microsoft sells. For once, I'm actually rooting for them to do well. If the Zune HD sells a ton, then Apple will effectively forced to stick OLED in the next iPhone.

dagamer34 said,
Dude, there is just no way OLED could have been brought to the iPhone this year. There aren't that manufacturers making screens, and certainly none at the level needed to supply Apple. If it can't supply Apple for all of their iPhones, then it's better they not stick the technology in their phone yet. Plus, the manufacturing process also needs time to mature. The Zune is the first mass-produced device to get OLED screens (other MP3 players are manufactured in MUCH lower numbers than the Zune will be) and there is no doubt there will be mistakes down the way.

I do expect to see OLED in 2010, depending on how many Zunes Microsoft sells. For once, I'm actually rooting for them to do well. If the Zune HD sells a ton, then Apple will effectively forced to stick OLED in the next iPhone.


Maybe you missed the Samsung I7500 Android phone with an AMOLED touch screen.

dagamer34 said,
Dude, there is just no way OLED could have been brought to the iPhone this year. There aren't that manufacturers making screens, and certainly none at the level needed to supply Apple. If it can't supply Apple for all of their iPhones, then it's better they not stick the technology in their phone yet. Plus, the manufacturing process also needs time to mature. The Zune is the first mass-produced device to get OLED screens (other MP3 players are manufactured in MUCH lower numbers than the Zune will be) and there is no doubt there will be mistakes down the way.

I do expect to see OLED in 2010, depending on how many Zunes Microsoft sells. For once, I'm actually rooting for them to do well. If the Zune HD sells a ton, then Apple will effectively forced to stick OLED in the next iPhone.


are you an manufacturer, if you are i would believe you and your ignorance of anything not apple. you've forgot about the new sony walkmen, zune Hd, Samsung I7500,etc. but whatever

IF you are eligible for an equipment upgrade you should get the $199 price for the new iphone 3gs. I was eligible for the equipment upgrade and got the low price.

Also apple stated that the new 3gs has built in hardware support for upgraded opengl. So i would think it has upgraded cpu and gpu but they are not advertising the feature.

I expect this to be announced maybe in say september with a new ipod touch released.

Lame:

For non-qualified customers, including existing AT&T customers who want to upgrade from another phone or replace an iPhone 3G, the price with a new two-year agreement is $499 (8GB), $599 (16GB), or $699 (32GB).

On the Apple site if you step through the upgrade process is says they are offering a special discount for iPhone users and it is $299 for 8GB, $399 for 16GB, and $499 for 32GB

It's about time they give more details. My brother-in-law is still stuck with his 1st gen iPhone that I've jailbroken on 2.2.1 and he needs an upgrade NOW. His contract luckily ends at the end of July so by then this should be out. Lets hope for the best in this one. The 3G we have now IMO is still a worthless upgrade at this point. Now that the 3.0 software is coming out and we have slightly better hardware for the same prices, it is justified to buy this if you want one.

Wow, so many ground breaking features! Video capture w/ the camera, cut and paste AND a compass! All yours for a couple of hundred.

I don't think any other phone in the past decade has had any of those features!

Welcome to 10 years ago Apple.

+2
why in the hell is a compass, and a camera ground breaking, is it because it's apple?
cut and paste is cool i guess since my ****ty phone can't do that.
i like the 99 price tag for the 3g though but i'm on t-mobile and i just bought an blackberry javelin, so a new plan and cancellation fee wouldn't cut it for me

Following Apple's launch of the iPhone "3GS", official UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has confirmed pre-order plans for the new handset.

Due to launch in the UK (as well as in the US) on 19 June, eager iPhone-owner wannabes will be able to pre-order the mobile from Wednesday 10 June 2009 from www.carphonewarehouse.com/iphone.

Exact tariff details for the new phone are to be confirmed, but we know that here in the UK, official iPhone operator O2 has revealed the iPhone 3GS 16GB will cost up to £184.98 depending on which tariff you take, with the 32GB setting you back up to £274.23 - clearly a premium price tag for the new, tweaked mobile.

As well as a faster processor, and up to 7.2Mbps, the iPhone 3GS will offer an improved 3-megapixel camera complete with video capture, as well as voice control commands.

SOURCE: Pocket-Lint

Also, O2 have announced Tethering Prices!!!

O2, the exclusive UK carrier of the iPhone, has announced its pricing for the new iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G in the UK.

The operator has confirmed it will be offering both MMS and iPhone tethering for the launch of the new iPhone handset on the 19 June, however users will have to sign up for a tethering bolt-on pack bringing with it any hope that it will be a service available for all.

"To tether you need an Internet Tethering Bolt On: 3GB for £14.68/month, 10GB for £29.36/month. Both include The Cloud's Wi-Fi," the operator has confirmed making it an expensive option for users keen to use their iPhone as a modem for their laptop.

MMS will be covered in user's monthly contract, say O2, although it will cost the equivalent of four SMS messages to send a picture to friends or loved one.

SOURCE: Pocket-Lint

Doubt it but someone will make an app to use the camera in the back. After that, the only limitation is the carrier. Stupid AT&T has a flooded 3G network so I and many other 3G users are cheated now. I'm sure Vodafone and the other European carriers have it. I mean look at the HTC Touch Diamond, it has the camera, the only thing needed is carrier support and the other end to have it.

Byron_Hinson said,
Note if you are with O2 and have an iphone - there is no upgrade option this time


Because O2 don't even have it on there site that it is coming, give it a while and there will be an upgrade option. Has to be or they will lose money.

shame. contract ends july and was thinking about going iphone, but i dont think this is a significant step forward enough to merit my migration.

It is a good update, however if you have an iPhone now and are still under contract with AT&T it will cost $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for the 32GB version AND you have to start a new 2yr contract. That is a but high, but Apple might have had to slow the curn of iPhones each year so AT&T/Apple can get their money back.

For me, the biggest issue is that Steve didn't make. I know he wanted to if his health was up to spec. Apparently, things are not going well in chemo. 8(

excalpius said,
For me, the biggest issue is that Steve didn't make. I know he wanted to if his health was up to spec. Apparently, things are not going well in chemo. 8(

Even if he was fit enough to come I'm unsure whether he would. To me it would sort of undermine the fact they have someone else running the shop for the time being. I think a remark or two on the health would suffice and when Jobs is ready to take a full presentation on do it then.

It'd be nice to see him healthy but Apple needs to prove they can deliver conferences without Jobs being there. As far as I'm aware their announcements back in Jan weren't too hotly received either and this ones come with a mixed reaction?

Am i the only one that thinks the silver rim looks disgusting?
It's quite poor for apple.. Cheap silver highlighting rim..
Much prefer the looks of the 1st gen iPod Touch!

Wombatt said,
Am i the only one that thinks the silver rim looks disgusting?
It's quite poor for apple.. Cheap silver highlighting rim..
Much prefer the looks of the 1st gen iPod Touch!

Well I don't think it looks disgusting, but I'm not to fond of it.

Smigit said,
Even if he was fit enough to come I'm unsure whether he would. To me it would sort of undermine the fact they have someone else running the shop for the time being.

If Steve was fit enough to come, nothing on Earth would have stopped him. He really did hope to be back this month.