It seems that the introduction of the iPhone 5 at Apple’s upcoming event will also have a significant impact on the future of the much loved, but clearly ancient iPhone 3GS handset. New rumors are suggesting that Apple will phase out the 3GS completely and drop the iPhone 4 down to their cheapest platform.
The iPhone 3GS currently sits at the bottom of Apple’s iPhone selections, available for nothing when taking out a new contract with a compatible carrier. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the debut of the iPhone 5 and its exciting features may spell the end of the 3GS for good, with Apple opting to drop the iPhone 4 to the lower tier, but at the same time providing a new iPhone 4S storage option at 8GB to balance things out.
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At the moment, consumers are able to buy an 8GB version of the iPhone 4, but after Apple’s event on September 12, we could well find this available for free on select contracts according to a report by the Telegraph. Doing such a move would also mean that more carriers have access to the iPhone thanks to its multiple frequencies, compared to the iPhone 3GS which only has support for GSM networks.
An 8GB iPhone 4S may also be the perfect option for those consumers who are looking for a cheap iPhone, but are not interested in the shiny new iPhone 5 features, which will obviously cost a lot of money to buy one straight at launch. The cheapest iPhone 4S now on Apple’s website is the 16GB option for $299 on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint – would you be happy to see a new 8GB model at $100 on contract, if Apple stick to the same pricing structure?
Will you be sad to see the iPhone 3GS go? It certainly looks like its days are numbered once Apple’s iPhone 5 event is over.