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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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What was that new phone Palm came out with?
By BPB on 6/8/2009 3:10:44 PM , Rating: -1
Oh yeah, the Pre. As in Pre-viously worth considering. For about 2 days.

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...

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!

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
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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