Apple Confirms iPhone 3GS Will Soon Be Discontinued [Report]

Apple Confirms iPhone 3GS Will Soon Be Discontinued [Report]

It was nice knowing you, iPhone 3GS.

As expected, the 8GB iPhone 4 replaced the iPhone 3GS as the most affordable iPhone following the announcement of the iPhone 5 yesterday. So what’s going to happen to the iPhone 3GS now? Well, as you may have guessed, it’s going to be killed off. Apple has reportedly confirmed that when existing stock runs out, the its third-generation smartphone will be no more.

That’s according to Pocket-lint, who claims Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 5 will be the only devices in its iPhone lineup going forward.

While the iPhone 3GS is supported by iOS 6, its aging internals mean the device isn’t capable of handling all of its new features. What’s more, the latest iOS games require at least an A4 processor, and so the iPhone 3GS cannot run those, either. And so it seemed inevitable the 3-year-old device would soon meet its demise.

It’s not as if you’ll miss the iPhone 3GS, though. As Apple announced on Wednesday, the iPhone 4 will now be free on-contract in the United States, and the iPhone 4S will start at just $99.

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  • djkikrome

    They should have kept it for contract free sales and emerging markets. I’m sure the costs of manufacturing are extremely low to nothing for them. But quality of support I’m sure is more important than that magical dollar the others are scrounging for. With outdated components, the 3GS would only cause users more anger with no current quality apps so I guess it was for the best.

  • Jonathan Ober

    Took my wife’s phone in to the apple store tonight, 8GB 3GS and since they didnt have any in stock in the store to replace her, under apple care mind you, phone they upgraded her :) Man was she happy. Her contracts up in Dec. so she may go with the 5, but at least now we still have a phone with decent specs for video and pictures when she wants to snap something the 3GS just wasnt good at it any more.

  • MattLogan10

    This is new, I though the iphone 3gs was ancient history I’m surprised to know that it’s still available. But the best part about it is that it still support iOS6 but infortunately you cannot get all the benefits of iOS 6 specially fro some apps, and this goes on iphone 4 and 4s but the operating system works like a charm on iPhone 5.
    Regards,
    Matt
    iphone 3gs cases

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