iPhone 3GS announced!
The Apple iPhone 3G S also comes with a better camera – 3-megapixel unit with auto-focus – tap on the object you want to focus (just as the HTC Touch Pro2). Macro mode is also available for shooting as close as 10centemeters. Low light image quality is also said to be improved. It also captures video in VGA resolution and at 30fps - the clips can be edited directly on the phone and easily shared with MMS (AT&T will not support it initially).
The new iPhone 3G S will look identical to the current 3G model, with a glossy plastic back.
It will also feature digital compass and come with an app for it. Other new feature is the Voice Control - hold the menu button and the voice control menu will appear. You can ask the phone what song is playing, ask it to play similar music or a specific track you like, or call somebody by name. iPhone 3G S also comes with a hardware encryption. It will also offer improved battery life (5 hours of 3G talk time, 9 hours of Wi-Fi internet) and will come in 23% smaller packaging, to be eco-friendly.
Apple iPhone 3G S will be available as soon as June 19th, 2009. It will cost $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model, both available in either black or white. The current iPhone 3G 8GB will remain available for $99.
Of course, it will run on the iPhone 3.0 OS, which also brings a lot of new features (to name a few, stereo Bluetooth, MMS, tethering, turn-by-turn navigation, push notifications, more intelligent accessories). You can check our preview of the 3.0 OS here and the new features announced today here.
Apple iPhone 3G S Specifications
1. iammclovin804 (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
gettin it. hopefully at the day of launch.
94. thebigguy (unregistered)
Seriously....did you not read the Specs of the phone. IT IS GOING TO BE THE SAME AS THE ORIGINAL I-PHONE WITH, so what they added a little be more speed to it. In my opinion it is like putting a V-Tech engine in a '88 DX CIVIC. WOW. I would much rather wait for the phone that supports PICTURE MAIL!!!! But you can have fun camping out with all the other I-aholics for the same phone that ATT already carries.
3. SwagR (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
They sure did...sell the same phone to the same people every year...Steve Jobs for president! :-S Guess i can scratch this of my list of wants...waiting my Omnia HD....
5. iammclovin804 (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
same phone? twice as fast, better camera, compass. how is it the same phone? ignorant.
10. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I have to honestly say that I was pretty let down. I forgot to keep in mind that all these rumors we've been reading were just rumors. I expected video chat and an OLED Screen. I also wanted a new design. But $199 for significantly increased internet speed, 16gig of memory, increased ram speed, better camera capabilities like touch to focus, video capture (and editing right on the phone!! I think that's so cool), increased battery life, universal search that in my opinion is superior to that of the pre, etc. Plus I can get all those other features offered by 3.0 OS like copy, cut, paste, voice memo, and mms (even though these should have been offered years ago). But also new stuff like peer connectivity, turn-by-turn gps directions, youtube login, (hopefully commenting too), and the best part is all the new applications that will be developed with the new APIs. I've gotten over the lack of video chat and an OLED screen, but I'm still a little disappointed that the design is still the same. But I guess thats what other comapnies do. Like the similar-looking curves and the upcoming storm with touch sensitive buttons and the voyager will look only a litle different. But, anyways its not like the iphone 3G was really ugly anyways so....
14. SwagR (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
I completely agree....it seem like everyone else is either blind or just ignorant...
29. paulb09 (Posts: 3; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
The Omnia HD is probably the only phone I'd choose over the iPhone, but considering I'll use Internet a lot more than calls and texts, the O2 deal for the iPhone is better value to me than the Omnia HD on Orange.
44. phillipxenxciel (Posts: 14; Member since: 23 Jul 2008)
im getting a omnia hd~~alrdy pre order it, but u cant say they r selling the same phone, they got the point of ppl care about OS, software wide then a new looks, i was pretty amazed with the guide video, iphone was alrdy smooth and fast, they made it even faster, and they put exactry what ppl were asking for, thats a smart move~~i will still get my omnia hd though, my itouch can get 3.0 OS, it does the job
95. thebigguy (unregistered)
Why...I was just looking at the upcomming Sprint phones, their DASH looks like a better phone? But I guess we shall see. The Omnia does look pretty sweet though.
96. thebigguy (unregistered)
*Cough Cough* Plam PRE *Cough Cough*
97. thebigguy (unregistered)
OHHH A COMPAS!!!!!!! I think i Want it NOT!!!!!! The phone is the same. The camera still sucks, so does the phone. Even better, better camera BUT alas still no PIC MAIL OR FLASH!!!!!! LAMES
4. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
16GB for $199 is a steal for some. And getting an 8GB iPhone 3G seems like a good deal for all.
6. driv14 (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)
swagr your an idiot.. take the time to read the article and notice the substantial differences between the current iphone and the iphoneS.. its not the same device @ all.. all of the main reasons people have been saying the iphone is a bad device are being eliminated..
13. SwagR (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
If any other manufacturer put the a tiny bit of difference in the same shell for 3 years y'all would be upset...but because its apple its the best thing...thats just stupid...u add 1MPX to the cam, a few more mhz to the processor, a few more GBs, a compass and a S to the name and put this in the same shell, same screen, same battery etc and call it a new phone??? does that make sense?? Let nokia add all that to a N95 and i bet y'all wud be throwing more flames than the new transformers movie....The iphone has a lovely UI but thats where it ends...say capacative screen...every manufacturer is doing that...multi touch..getting common also...i hope it can multi task finally....the hardware is still weak..just admit that...get off steve jobs nuts...
7. metalpoet (unregistered)
next stop apple comes to verizon! hopefully!
32. matistight (Posts: 198; Member since: 13 May 2009)
APPLE WILL NEVER GO TO VERIZON! WHAT DO YOU THINK THE IPHONE IS? A RAZR?!?! IF YOU DIE, COME BACK, DIE AGAIN, AND COME BACK AGAIN...THEY MIGHT HAVE IT... BUT KEEP WISHING FOR A VERIZON IPHONE! plus you have the blackberry storm, arent you satisfied with the worst invention since the slide on case for the iphone?(scratches it up more than you would to begin with)
46. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
the storm rocks! there is not one bad thing i can say about the storm!!
52. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
If the storm is so great then why are they chaning the keyboad design!
54. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
It would be STUPID for Apple to keep total and utter exclusivity with AT&T forever! Every other cell phone manufacturer out there releases phones on different networks. The iphone is just exclusive with AT&T for a certain amount of contractual years. Yes, this EXACT iphone may never come to VZW, but mark my words bro, an Apple phone of some sort will be, and my bet is by the end of next year. If not next year, then for sure by the end of 2011. I guarantee that! and P.S. is your username referring to the circumference of you A-hole?
56. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
It's obvious you work for Verizon. Can we get some neutral ppl on here who actually know what they are talking about except for a bunch of Verizon lobbyist talking a bunch of dumb stuff??? I had you since '98. Your customer service is great, but the pricing and phones are horrible. I know many ppl who switched to get the iphone and are very happy they did. It's a great phone. Hopefully Verizon will get it soon, but 2011... come on.. we won't be talking about the iphone in 2011. There will be something else out.
57. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Yeah that's right, theman414. We should live in the now. I didn't want to stay in Verizon because they were probably going to the iphone soon in Verizon. I hesitated when buying the iphone 3G because I heard rumors about the blackberry thunder (now storm) and I felt like I might regret switching to AT&T in the future. But then I was like forget it, if the blackberry is better, there will be a new version of both phones in the future anyways. And now I'm pretty happy with my decision to get the iphone.
58. HatedaIphone (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
Thats the second time you complain about verizon's price plans...Maybe you should get a better job !
60. kingofphones123 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
its ok cause the iphone will always have the same customers to purchase their phone.. the whole point is to get new customers to buy your phone not the same people...
61. kingofphones123 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
i agree especially after the software upgrade that came out
62. kingofphones123 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
not changing it just added a new feature to it
63. kingofphones123 (Posts: 7; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
ok i dont know about ya but verizon and at&t have the same pp same pricing
8. ddripp (Posts: 63; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i gonna have to wait until the IPHONE 3GS is out... i want to compare the 3GS and the PALM PRE. hopefully, i end up with the best one. I CAN'T WAIT. any suggestions? i had the Iphone 3G but i end up return it because it didn't have stuff i use on a daily basic.
12. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I think that either phone you'll really like. If you're a hardcore multitasker with a lot of calendars (personal life and business life/multiple jobs) then hands down the pre is for you. But if you just need a simple multitasker with a lot of multimedia functions and playback (music, video, games, pictures, internet [pre has good internet too]) and also if you want probably the best app store, then choose the iphone 3G(s). I'm obviously going witht the new iphone because the iphone's multitasking is enough for me and I've gotten a lot of really helpful apps from the App Store.
33. matistight (Posts: 198; Member since: 13 May 2009)
dont feel like reading E.N.'s but The Pre does the same thing as the iphone except is has a slide out keyboard and trackball thats it
73. cwilliams706 (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
Apple iPhone 3G S & Palm Pre Ability to play music in background Innovative OS 3.2 MP camera SMS/MMS Capacitive touchscreen Multi touch technology GPS Application Store iTunes sync HTML Browser Can run older model/OS programs Apple iPhone 3G S: Video Recording Video Messaging MobileMe 16 GB/32 GB Memory Magnetometer More RAM Accelerometer Data/Voice Simultaneously World phone Palm Pre: True program multitasking Palm Synergy Camera flash 8GB Memory Physical QWERTY keyboard Keep in mind, I'm an indirect sales associate for AT&T and Sprint. I currently use the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a, continue on though.
80. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
palm pre is still cuter, lol sorry but i am also an advocate for a phones design. not just its hardware.
81. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
oh please dont stab me for this if im wrong but i am pretty sure the pre has a 3.2 mpx camera on it aswell.
90. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Xperia X1 is better than both Pre and iPhone in my opinion! Windows Mobile is still better. say what you want about the OS... but if you had a moto Q or a pro device that wasn't high end manufactured by HTC, Samsung, or Sony that is why you hate windows mobile. Buy a real windows mobile device before you knock the OS all you haters our there. As far as the 3gs goes, the upgrades are definitely moving in the right direction, but if I were already a 3g owner, i don't see anything here that would prompt me to upgrade at all. not a large enough leap in hardware or functionality. Which is why I still ahve my Touch Vogue 6900 and haven't gone to the Touch Diamond.
9. The Doc (Posts: 122; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
There you go! Sign that new 2 year contract so when the iPhone comes to Verizon Wireless, you'll be stuck with "the other guy", FOREVER!!! LTE FTW!!!
15. phoneguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)
VZW isnt getting it and they arent getting the pre. They will be getting the storm 2 vzw is backed into a corner in a big way. And before you fan boys jump on me take a second to think back to Lowell McAdams pre mature comment about "vzw is getting the pre and the iphone and android in the near future" They wont. Simply put not to mention Big red still hasnt jumped on the Open Handset Alliance to carry android. GOOD FOR YOU:>>>>
16. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Or when Verizon gets LTE and iphone support, you can just pay the $175 AT&T cancelation fee and then use whatever iphone you were currently using on AT&T on Verizon without having to buy another new one. I don't know for sure if that would work but I don't see why not considering how LTE allows Apple to just make one iphone compatible with Verizon and AT&T without having to make a version specifically for either carrier. That's what I plan to do if I for some reason decide to go to Verizon. As of now, I'm pretty content with AT&T. I have had problems with Verizon almost every month in the past, even though every time I called them my problems were usually resolved. But the problem wasn't whether or not they resolved my problems, it was the fact that I called them frequently. I use to be a big Verizon fan and it got pretty annoying how I sometimes knew more than the representatives and we would spent a lot of time arguing about what Verizon offered and didn't offer. I knew about many promotions that some of the representatives weren't familiar with. I eventually made it a habit to be logged into the vzw website before calling customer service so I could show them where I was getting my information without having to explain it over the phone. I don't really know how great or bad AT&T's customer service is because I really never had to call them for any problems except when I left the U.S. for about three weeks and my bill was freaking high because they put the wrong international package. But they fixed it so I guess everything is fine. I'm happy with AT&T now but that can always change. Signal is not better than Verizon's for sure (in my area) but I text more than I call anyways and there's really no such thing as bad text quality. And plus, a GSM phone was really helpful when traveling (even though I think phones like the Storm can be used overseas too)
17. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Edit after phoneguy's comment: If Verizon gets LTE and iphone support. . . . . .
20. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
VZW is going to the Open Handset Alliance once they start releasing LTE at the end of this year. In comes Android, VZW is getting 2 devices by next summer from Apple. How funny is ATT's contract is ending next June and they keep trying to get Apple to extend it. The PRE is only exclusive to Sprint till 12/31/09, It will up for grabs for ATT and VZW after that date. Sprint's CEO admitted in a statement saying they have it till AT least till the end of the year. Lowell, said 6 months when he really should of said 7/8 months.
40. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
BTW, I never said anything about the "I-Phone", I said two Apple devices.
51. phoneguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)
I work for Sprint on the business side we have a longer exclusive than 6 mos. Dan Hesse was not the one who made the through 2009 statement. That was some pr guy. During the pre launch party Dan stated that the exclusivity will be longer than 6 months. I just think its funny that when a new device comes out VZW fan boys bash it till they get it then it is the next great thing. Sell with integrity and embrace your competition. It is when you bash and get cocky that the little guy creeps up on you. But what do I know right. ....
65. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
I work for a chip manufacturer for all CDMA handsets. Sprint Exclusive runs out 12/31/09. I know Sprint is trying to get the exclusive extended, but this is there second extension already. The first one they negotiated was in January when I got the memo at work. It worked out good cause our demand for our chips is high at the moment and they can't fulfill enough of the Palm unit being built anyways. The original time frame was 3 months. Sprint was supposed to launch the phone 06/01/09, and have the exclusive till 09/01/09. They then negotiated 6 months, When it looked like the date was going to get pushed back to 07/01/09. But because of the WWDC coming up, even with device constraints they wanted to release the phone prior to the new I-Phone announcement and beat them to the date. The exclusivity is left till 12/31/09. Negotiations can happen again for Sprint, but for Palm to ignore 150+Million subscribers to ATT and VZW would be a big mistake. That's half of the population in the United states! And that's if every single person had a cell phone. Sprint wrote off $29.7 billion of an impairment of the company's goodwill and loosing customers left and right. The PRE will probably give them an actual quarter where they will break even and even then at this rate they are not probably going to sell enough of those handsets to even pull that one off and still show losses.
75. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
uhm ya it is. Lowell C. McAdam the ceo of vw already confirmed that the pre is coming after the exclusive contract with sprint. the iphone is coming to vw in q2 of 2010. your probablly gonna say that they cant because iphone is made with gsm but they already made one that works with cdma. dont be a douchbag.
82. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I thought the whole reason why LTE was big for the iPhone was that it allows Apple to make only one phone without having to make a specific version for Verizon. It's probably just rumors that there is already a gsm version.
98. thebigguy (unregistered)
BTW LTE is still over 1 year out. Just thought you all would like to know
11. Galen20K (Posts: 511; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
Just Plain B O R I N G. Thanks but No thanks Apple. Keep your unimpressive Junk.
21. bng (Posts: 107; Member since: 12 Feb 2009)
i agree with u same old fu ken junk and therez not even a landspace qwerty keybord but is it still going to att or verizon?
76. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
there is a landscape keyboard. not to be mean, just saying.
18. insider80 (Posts: 93; Member since: 26 Jan 2009)
another epic fail for apple. it would be nice if they came out with a new phone not an update of the same crap. Pre FTW!!!!!
25. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
As of now, I know that the iPhone doesn't have the best service in the world and doesn't support multitasking like the pre and hardcore business applications like blackberries. It also lacks a physical keyboard but that's just personal preference. I just wanted to know what else that the phone is lacking that it really needs and should have. I thought that iPhone 3.0 and iphone 3GS, covered all (if not most) of the problems people have been complaining about like copy, cut, paste, mms, stereo Bluetooth, universal search, better camera, video capabilities (and editing!!!), better app store, push notifications, etc. I really don't know if this is just normal iPhone hating or if there really is something that it is still missing. I mean for example, insider80 said that the phone was an epic fail. Is it missing something big still or is he just saying that because he has a pre? I really want to know. But I hope it's not something stupid like it's not on this company or it doesn't have an 8 megapixel camera.
55. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
It's not a stupid arguement to say a phone is on a lame company. Your cell PHONE is only as good as the network it's on, and frankly, AT&T is a joke in SOOOOO many ways. And I agree that pretty much all the gripes I had with the iphone have been taken care of with the OS update, so here's to hoping an Apple phone of sorts comes to VZW by this time next year. Til then it's BB FTW for me.
59. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Okay that's true. What carrier the phone is on can be a big problem for people. A different carrier can be a downfall but does that really make it an "epic fail" as some people saying it is? The reason why I said that was stupid (to me) is that we hear that argument multiple times (2 years going on three soon) and I don't really see the point in continuously repeating it. We just have to leave that to Apple, AT&T, and Verizon to discuss. But anyways I really want to know other reasons too
78. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
im not gonna say i hate the iphone, but i dont love it either. it is kind of a nice luxury it being an iphone/pod/game device. i must say however, it is basically a touch ipod with an app store and itunes. it works pretty nice, and apps i have to say are a super nice thing. apple isnt supposed to be a phone company. i wish apple would come out with something thats maybe not completely touch, but i mean what would the "iPhone" be without a full touch design.
79. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
* its an ipod touch with a phone thrown on it.
83. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I understand what you guys are saying but what's the actual problem? I view the business phones in today's market as PDA's with calling capabilities.
19. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
three iphones later and i'm still not a fan. BlackBerry FTW