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iPhone 3G S

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Apple announces its third generation iPhone and some MacBook Pro updates

There has been tremendous buzz surrounding the follow-up to Apple’s hugely successful iPhone 3G. While the original iPhone put Apple on the map in the world of smartphones, it was the iPhone 3G’s lower price of entry and enhanced features/speed which put the smartphone over the top (and brought AT&T a wealth of new wireless subscribers). Together, there have been over 40 million iPhones and iPod touches sold around the world according to Apple.

Today at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Apple introduced its third generation iPhone: the iPhone 3G S (the “S” stands for Speed). The latest iPhone confirms most of the rumors that have been swirling around for the past few months.

The iPhone 3G S is available in capacities of 16GB and 32GB – both will be available in black and white. The phone also features a new 3MP camera (now capable of recording 30 fps video) on the back of the device. The iPhone 3G S also has the ability to edit videos directly on the device.

In addition, the new iPhone 3G S promises better battery life (see image to the right) despite the increased processing power. Speaking of processing power, Apple brags about 2x to 3.6x speed performance improvements over a wide range of apps.

Another new addition to the iPhone 3G S is the increase in data transfer speeds from 3.6Mbps to 7.2Mbps HSDPA. AT&T already announced plans to beef up its data networks to handle the faster transfer speeds.

Voice dialing is also coming to the iPhone 3G S – something that most other phones have already had for years. However, the voice commands also extend to other aspects of the iPhone 3GS like “previous track”, “play album” or “play songs by The Killers” within the Music app.

Other new hardware features include a built-in digital compass, Nike+ support, and hardware encryption.

As you may have already surmised, the iPhone 3G S is sporting OS 3.0 which was announced way back in March. IPhone OS 3.0 brings a wealth of new features including long-requested support for copy and paste, MMS, turn-by-turn directions, voice memo recording, Spotlight search, landscape email/notes/messaging, 3G tethering (via Bluetooth or USB), stereo Bluetooth (A2DP), peer-to-peer Bluetooth connectivity, and more. IPhone OS 3.0 will be available to download on June 17 (free for iPhone users, $9.95 for iPod touch users).

As expected, pricing for the new 16GB and 32GB iPhone 3G S will mirror the prices of the current 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3Gs: $199 and $299 respectively. To make things even more interesting, Apple is also discounting the price of the iPhone 3G (8GB model) to $99 to further expand its user base -- the new price is effective today. The iPhone 3G S will be available June 17.

Apple also announced updates to its MacBook Pro lineup. The new 15” MacBook Pro is available with up to 3.06GHz dual core processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to a 500GB HDD (or 256GB SSD). It features a 7-hour runtime with its built-in battery. Interestingly, Apple has finally stepped into modern times by equipping the 15" MacBook Pro with a Secure Digital (SD) slot.

The base system will retail for $1,699 with a 2.53GHz processor and integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, and ramp up quickly from there (with higher-tier models getting discrete NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics).

The 13" aluminum MacBook was also updated to include an integrated battery, SD slot, and Firewire 800 -- it is also now called a MacBook Pro. The base $1,199 system comes with 2GB of memory, a 2.26GHz processor, GeForce 9400M graphics, and a 160GB HDD. Stepping up to a 2.53GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 250GB HDD will set you back $1,499. The new 13" MacBook Pro also has battery life of up to 7 hours.

The other big addition is with the updated MacBook Air. The machine now retails for $1,499 in its base configuration (1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB, 9400M, 120GB HDD) and $1,799 with a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 9400M, and a 128GB SSD.

All of the new MacBooks are available to purchase today.



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wow
By oceola on 6/8/2009 3:55:23 PM , Rating: 5
upgrade from 2x2 GB RAM to 2x4 GB RAM - guess how much? 1... 0... 0... 0 -- that's $1000! that's about as much as i'm willing to spend on a whole new laptop! thanks for bringing those prices down, apple :)




RE: wow
By Brazos on 6/8/2009 3:59:19 PM , Rating: 4
I don't know anyone that buys ram upgrades from Apple. Most people get the minimum, install 3rd party ram and sell the original on ebay. Much better deal.


RE: wow
By aharris on 6/8/2009 4:15:51 PM , Rating: 2
This man speaks the truth. No one in their right mind buys re-branded, marked-up RAM directly from Apple.


RE: wow
By GaryJohnson on 6/8/2009 4:22:12 PM , Rating: 3
That's true for all laptop OEMs I think. HP, for example, wants $50 for 2GB of RAM for their netbook. You can get the same from newegg for $25 & it's a tooless 3 minute operation to make the upgrade.


RE: wow
By nafhan on 6/8/2009 4:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
No, HP is doing 2X markup. Apple (if the original poster is correct) is doing a 20X markup.
2X is at least reasonable, especially for someone who has never installed a computer component before. 20X is enough to make people go out and learn how to install simple computer components such as RAM!


RE: wow
By nafhan on 6/8/2009 4:54:24 PM , Rating: 2
Never mind. I was looking at 2x2GB so-dimm prices. 2x4GB are in the $400 range.
I'd say stick with 4gb of RAM if at all possible!


RE: wow
By JMS3072 on 6/10/2009 7:43:54 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, it's $400 for ONE stick of 4GB DDR3 1066. More like $700-$800 for a kit of two.


RE: wow
By jimbojimbo on 6/9/2009 3:15:42 PM , Rating: 2
But people want to tell the world to know that they can afford to buy Apple memory. Don't you know? It's worth paying 20x!


RE: wow
By Doormat on 6/8/2009 7:24:34 PM , Rating: 1
What a retarded comparison. Here are 2x4GB DDR3 SODIMMs from Cricual: $800. Its not like high density RAM is (or ever has been) cheap...

http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODUL...

Get a clue, high density DDR3 RAM (4GB sticks for laptops or desktops) is going to be expensive until the end of the year when DRAM manufacturers switch over to smaller fabrication processes (50nm I think) around the end of the year.


Order date for 3GS
By phreaqe on 6/8/2009 3:53:40 PM , Rating: 1
Can we order these through ATT site? and are we able to order then now? i am not seeing it online other then apples site. i am going to get one at work through our business plan to replace my treo, but would like to get it ordered so we can get it asap.




RE: Order date for 3GS
By mofo3k on 6/8/2009 4:29:19 PM , Rating: 3
RTFA
quote:
The iPhone 3G S will be available June 17.

I'd try sometime around then.


RE: Order date for 3GS
By Mojo the Monkey on 6/8/2009 5:40:46 PM , Rating: 2
You can pre-order right now on Apple's site. They are an anomaly in that they sport prices competitive or better than their resellers.

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_iphone/...

I really wanted the big announcement to be their separation from AT&T. I don't care that the iPhone is cheaper now. I care that I would lose any perceived savings in paying AT&T's ridiculously exploitative contract.


RE: Order date for 3GS
By phreaqe on 6/8/2009 5:42:54 PM , Rating: 2
thanks toolbag. what i meant was when will they be available for pre order on ATT website. my boss will do the ordering of the phone since it is on our business plan. Thanks for your awesome help though.


RE: Order date for 3GS
By nayy on 6/8/2009 4:36:06 PM , Rating: 1
Are you sure you don't prefer one of my Iphony™ "S" stickers for the back of your 3G?, they are only $15 each, and most likely no one will ever know the difference.

Seriously, I'm unimpressed by the update, don't get me wrong, the iphone is still one of the best phones out there, but none of this updates feels revolutionary, instead it just feel that they should have been there from the beginning, and the competition is starting to catch up.


RE: Order date for 3GS
By Zensen on 6/9/2009 5:58:02 AM , Rating: 3
catch up? as far as im concerned the iphone is trying to catch up ie 3.0 was a big catch up call.

The apps store and its browsing via touch screen was the only thing the iphone had going and neither is something I care about. all major companies are coming out with their own app stores and browsing via other touch screens are very goood - if that's what you're referring to then yeah. But in all other areas its just an avg smartphone.


No announcements for the iTouch??
By SpaceRanger on 6/8/2009 3:10:36 PM , Rating: 2
Was considering getting an iTouch but wanted to wait and see if they were releasing a new generation of the device (like they are with the 3GS). Oh well. *sigh*




RE: No announcements for the iTouch??
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/8/2009 3:11:03 PM , Rating: 3
iPods are normally announced in the fall IIRC.


By gyranthir on 6/8/2009 3:21:23 PM , Rating: 2
You're right. May want to wait though. The ZuneHD gives a tempting comparison to the current line up, have to wait to see what Apple counters with...


RE: No announcements for the iTouch??
By ExarKun333 on 6/8/2009 3:20:21 PM , Rating: 2
That is because it already received an upgrade recently...


By soydios on 6/8/2009 4:39:37 PM , Rating: 2
that was the same hardware generation as the iPhone 3G. the new iTouch should have the same hardware as the iPhone 3GS, like longer battery life and more processing power.


made me laugh
By invidious on 6/8/2009 4:10:48 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
The new 15” MacBook Pro is available with up to 3.06GHz dual core processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to a 500GB HDD (or 256GB SSD).

And the total for this package comes to $4,249.00




RE: made me laugh
By MonkeyPaw on 6/8/2009 4:19:36 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, but it now comes with an SD-card reader!


RE: made me laugh
By PhoenixKnight on 6/8/2009 8:00:35 PM , Rating: 2
Still cheaper than the highest-end Macbook Wheel.


Apple II GS
By Lord 666 on 6/8/2009 3:29:02 PM , Rating: 3
Ahh, the iPhone 3GS name just gave me warm and fuzzy feelings of my first computer. What was old is new again. Back then, they said the "GS" stood for Graphics and Speed.




RE: Apple II GS
By jtesoro on 6/8/2009 11:26:13 PM , Rating: 2
I think it was Graphics and Sound :)


RE: Apple II GS
By noirsoft on 6/9/2009 6:46:26 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I always thought it stood for the fact that by the time it came out (post-mac, with better PCs, Atari & Amiga computers out too), no one Gave a S**t about the Apple II line anymore.


RE: Apple II GS
By jeromekwok on 6/9/2009 2:44:14 AM , Rating: 2
It sounds like Nvidian names. Expect iPhone 3GT and 3GTX next year.


Cost of upgrading from 3G existing contract to 3GS?
By Nimbo on 6/8/2009 5:30:15 PM , Rating: 2
Do anybody know what charges apply to current owners of a 3G iphone contract?. Will they keep $200/$300 to upgrade to a new 3GS? Will termination fees or not subsidized prices apply?




By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/8/2009 5:29:39 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
http://www.apple.com/iphone/compare-iphones/:

Price: 16 GB is $199 and 32 GB @$299 which Requires new two-year AT&T wireless service contract, sold separately to qualified customers; credit check required; must be 18 or older. 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).

Visit www.wireless.att.com for eligibility information.

Service may not be available in all areas or at the signal strength, rates, speeds, or bandwidth as demonstrated. Wi-Fi Internet access required for some features; broadband recommended; fees may apply.

Some applications, features, and services are not available in all areas. Visit www.wireless.att.com to check AT&T network coverage in your area.

iPhone is configured to work only with wireless service provided by AT&T. Warranty information available at www.apple.com/legal/warranty/iphone. When available, transferring your mobile number to a different service provider will terminate your service with your existing provider; termination fees and other charges may apply. Some features may require added fees. Contact your service provider for more details.


By Nimbo on 6/8/2009 6:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
iClarified, tks Brandon


By Sazar on 6/8/2009 6:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I am waiting for the 3.0 OS and the NEXT iPhone.

It's not worth it to upgrade at the moment. :(

I could change my mind later but my 3G serves me perfectly. Storage is no longer an issue with Orb and Pandora. Definitely not worth it at those ridiculous "upgrade" prices.


Yawn
By eddieroolz on 6/8/2009 8:00:45 PM , Rating: 2
Gotta be one of the most boring product refresh/launch yet.




RE: Yawn
By Icewind31 on 6/8/2009 11:18:02 PM , Rating: 2
I got to say that having an educational discount, the entry level 13.3in Macbook is only 1099, comes w/ a free Ipod Touch, and Canon all in one isn't too bad of a deal. Since the closest competition having a Nvidia 9400 is the Dell 13.3 XPS and the non-intel gma versions are around 900 bucks. But I think beyond that, all the other models are pretty ripoff and just a "fake" refresh aimed to grab more green.


RE: Yawn
By JMS3072 on 6/10/2009 7:49:25 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I'm going to be going with the 13" Pro too... they adressed all my concerns with the 13" line. Better display, SD card reader, backlit keyboard...the works. I love the educational discount.

I don't see the other models as a fake refresh. The 17" didn't get anything new except the CPU, but the price came down. The 15" got the better display and the CPU, and the price stayed the same for the feature set, and Apple added a new pricepoint. So no. I don't see this as green-grabbing.


RE: Yawn
By Zensen on 6/9/2009 6:00:53 AM , Rating: 1
at least the 99 dollar price point is what the phone should have cost to begin with.. but yeah i agree, the other products were underwhelming. forward thinking apple for the win.

Is there any reason to be hyped up about a conference. I know I haven't been.


Finally ordered an iPhone
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/8/2009 5:03:32 PM , Rating: 3
Well, I finally took the plunge and ordered a black 32GB iPhone 3G S (well, I did the online reservation at my local store). I told myself that I wouldn't buy an iPhone until the capacity at least reached what I had on my 32GB iPod touch.

Well, that day has finally come. I'm still a little disappointed that it still looks the same and that it doesn't have an OLED screen, but I welcome the speed improvements, increased battery life, and voice commands and all the other goodies.

And since I'm already invested in the Apple App Store and have grown accustomed to the iPhone OS US, I see no reason to jump to something like the Palm Pre.

Bottom line: anything is better than my el cheapo LG AX380 flip-phone.




RE: Finally ordered an iPhone
By Sazar on 6/9/2009 2:21:35 AM , Rating: 2
You really need to look into Orb in that case. You don't have to waste storage space for general movies and music.

One of the best apps for the iPhone in my opinion :D Especially if you have a compatible video card. Live TV on your phone never gets old ;)


Webcam on back side
By sumant19 on 6/8/2009 4:41:14 PM , Rating: 2
Did anyone find it funny that webcam is on the back of 3GS?




RE: Webcam on back side
By foolsgambit11 on 6/9/2009 4:35:25 AM , Rating: 2
It's a camera, not a webcam. So, just like a digital camera, the lens is on the opposite side as the view screen, so you can compose your shot.

So no, I didn't find it funny at all.

Although, now that you mention it, there's no reason it couldn't be used as a webcam, I guess, besides the fact that it's on the other side of the camera - but a mirror can take care of that.


..and the world yawns
By imaheadcase on 6/8/09, Rating: 0
RE: ..and the world yawns
By Aeros on 6/8/2009 4:55:33 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know of any "free" phone that can run 3rd party apps...

Why the "orgy"?

First: This is the future of computing - ultra portable powerful computers that can interface with any aspect of your life. It's not just about the iPhone, Pre, or Storm; It just happens that the iPhone is the most successful (as they should since they have yr's headstart).

Second: You may still think the Nokia 9000 series was the cat's pajamas, what with 8-bit Snake. But the word has moved on. And alot of people have iPhones - thus alot of people are interested in updates to the platform.

And one last thing... Who the hell gets something 'cause there paretns think it's cool?


RE: ..and the world yawns
By taber on 6/8/2009 7:12:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
ultra portable powerful computers that can interface with any aspect of your life


The ports can only be so big for the device to still be considered ultra portable. I don't think it'll be interfacing with every aspect of my life anytime soon.


RE: ..and the world yawns
By imaheadcase on 6/8/09, Rating: -1
What was that new phone Palm came out with?
By BPB on 6/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: What was that new phone Palm came out with?
By Pirks on 6/8/09, Rating: -1
RE: What was that new phone Palm came out with?
By omnicronx on 6/8/2009 3:45:21 PM , Rating: 5
99$ is a great price and would definately push more iPhones (and give a good reason not to buy a pre), but do you really think this is anything more than a limited time deal to clear shelf space?


By Doormat on 6/8/2009 6:55:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, Apple has gone to great lengths on their website to compare the 3G to 3GS when it comes time to buy one...

http://www.apple.com/iphone/compare-iphones/

The "starting at $99" badge is also visible on many pages. I would expect that the 8GB phone to hang on until next year, when the 16GB version gets demoted to $99 and the new models are announced, or Apple decides to do an iPhone nano (or something along that line to allow for cheaper iPhones).

I agree though that the price of the device is only half of the problem - the $30 monthly fee for data is still a large stumbling block. And given the talk of AT&T having problems with their network in big cities (NYC, SF) with data traffic overload, I dont think they'll be offering cheaper limited data plans anytime soon - they appear to need every cent to beef up their network.


By afkrotch on 6/9/2009 5:39:09 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think this is going to be a limited time deal. I think this is due to the underwhelming demand for them recently. No one wants to buy an expensive phone, when all they want is a phone. Especially during this recession.

Maybe in the future, the iPhone will skyrocket back up in price, when we're out of the recession. Course they'll have to produce a new model to do so.


RE: What was that new phone Palm came out with?
By Bender 123 on 6/8/2009 3:22:43 PM , Rating: 5
Thats a poor argument to make...

Apples to Apples looks like this...

Get the Everything Plan from Sprint (Or at a later date the Plus Sero replacement) for $199 + $70 per month for 450 min, unlimited text and data.

iPhone on ATT will run $99 + $100 per month for similar minutes and feature set.

If you look long term, they would need to pay you to have an iPhone, just to make up for ATT high rates.


By DuctTapeAvenger on 6/8/2009 3:39:29 PM , Rating: 5
If AT&T includes a free cheese slicer, that would help make up for it.


RE: What was that new phone Palm came out with?
By Bender 123 on 6/8/2009 3:55:28 PM , Rating: 3
How bout a Gratey? Fettuccine, Linguine, Martini or Bikini?


By monomer on 6/8/2009 4:08:23 PM , Rating: 5
...there's an app for that!


By marvdmartian on 6/8/2009 4:08:00 PM , Rating: 2
That's coming in the iPhone 3GSCS edition (the CS, of course, standing for "cheese slicer"). ;)


RE: What was that new phone Palm came out with?
By nayy on 6/8/2009 4:46:17 PM , Rating: 2
You should know that Palm beat them to it!

http://gizmodo.com/5279413/palm-pre-cuts-the-chees...


By Mojo the Monkey on 6/8/2009 5:32:36 PM , Rating: 2
I think thats why he made the joke to begin with.


By poohbear on 6/9/2009 9:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
when will consumers be able to choose a different phone company than at&t? wasn't the iphone contract for 2 years? (hasnt it been 2 years already?)


RE: What was that new phone Palm came out with?
By invidious on 6/8/09, Rating: 0
By omnicronx on 6/8/2009 4:31:33 PM , Rating: 3
And you cannot do the same thing with other phones why? I've seen much better deals than $30 for data with other phones.

I'm not in the US, but I do have a family plan, and my only additional charges are 10$ a month for unlimited data. Still $20 less a month per person if you all have smartphones. And how many people in the US still have their unlimited plans such as SERO, you just can't beat that value with any iPhone plan, family or not.


By skyward on 6/8/2009 4:48:37 PM , Rating: 2
That is for an old plan or a discount plan. unlimited text for family plan is $30 a month now a days. 700 min family plan cost 69.99. If you just have one iphone with 30 data package to it, then it still cost more then sprint.


RE: What was that new phone Palm came out with?
By BPB on 6/8/2009 4:05:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Get the Everything Plan from Sprint (Or at a later date the Plus Sero replacement) for $199 + $70 per month for 450 min, unlimited text and data.
Just called Sprint. I have a SERO account. SERO is not allowed for Pre. You have to get the public plan offering, which means minimum $60 a month. A good plan compared to the ATT price, but as much as I thought I'd get a Pre, I don't think it's worth $200. Put a memory slot in it and maybe, but not for only 8GB. That is now what the 16GB iPhone goes for. So for $240 more over the cost of the 2 years you get 16GB instead of 8GB, and have access to all the great apps. I hope Palm eventually gets developers to put great WobOS apps out, but it'll take time. I like the look of the TomTom app Apple showed off today. Assuming it isn't too expensive, I could see myself getting that. Of course it will be expensive, but I can dream.


By Bender 123 on 6/9/2009 9:13:28 AM , Rating: 2
You cannot do Pre on Sero, but they are allowing it on the Everything Plus Referral plans, that replaced the Sero, but they are not available online yet. My $22 a month with discounts was too good to last, but for $60 (New Referral Plan) minus 37% stacked employer and credit union member discounts gets me a Pre monthly cost of around $38.

That is 450 minutes, unlimited text, data, etc...


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