Ahead of the launch of Apple’s sixth-gen iPhone (which we’re hoping will be announced on September 12), the Cupertino, Calif. company has sent out an email to Genius Bars worldwide, warning of low iPhone 3GS stock.
In October, Apple announced the iPhone 4S. Along with it, the company announced the iPhone 3GS would be available for absolutely free exclusively through AT&T. However, the handset is now being offered for $.99, according to MacRumors.
The same team which late last month successfully ported Apple's voice recognition service, Siri, to the iPhone 4 have done it again. Steve Stroughton-Smith, chpwn, and Ryan Petrich have announced they have ported Siri to the iPhone 3GS as well, according to TiPb. While this news doesn't mean Apple will be putting its voice recognition service on the iPhone 3GS anytime soon, it does suggest it is possible to do so.
This holiday season Apple has a secret weapon to go against the countless Android-based handsets available in the marketplace. No, the weapon isn’t the iPhone 4S, Siri, or the still powerfully (and cheaper) iPhone 4. Rather, it’s the company’s two-year old iPhone 3GS, according to Bloomberg.
Here’s a follow-up to yesterday’s announcement iOS 5 will work with the iPhone 3GS. Currently Apple has provided no information on whether this is full support or some sort of partial support. In other words, which features won’t work with the handset. Now we know.
During today’s WWDC keynote address, Apple representatives surprised the crowd with news iOS 5 would fully support the iPhone 3GS. This means owners of this handset will be able to use all the goodies coming via the next iOS.
The iPhone 3GS won’t be compatible with iOS 5, according to Mobile Review editor, Eldar Murazin, who made the announcement via Twitter. Although Murazin’s announcement cannot yet be verified, it is certainly plausible and here is why.
Apple has followed AT&T, and has reduced the price of its iPhone 3GS (8GB) handset. When purchasing the phone with a two year AT&T contract, customers can get the iPhone 3GS for $49. The iPhone 4 is still available from $199.
Why is AT&T dropping the price of the iPhone 3GS now? Typically vendors do this to clear inventory ahead of a new model coming out. However, no one expects Apple to announce its fifth generation iPhone until this summer.