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.