or Connect
AppleInsider › Forums › Mobile › iPhone › Apple confirms discontinuation of iPhone 3GS
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Apple confirms discontinuation of iPhone 3GS

post #1 of 47
Thread Starter 
The iPhone 3GS has officially been discontinued by Apple, the company confirmed on Thursday, and has been replaced by the iPhone 4 as its free on-contract handset.

Some industry watchers had speculated that Apple could continue to offer the iPhone 3GS in developing markets as a contract-free device. But the company confirmed to All Things D that the iPhone 3GS is officially discontinued.

Last year, with the launch of the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 3GS became Apple's first free smartphone with a new two-year service contract in major markets like the U.S. At that price, it helped Apple reach a lower end of the market that the company had previously not competed in.

iPhone


But with Wednesday's unveiling of the iPhone 5, the iPhone 4S moved down to the $99 price point, and the iPhone 4, first released in 2010, became Apple's new free phone.

Rumors first cropped up last week that the iPhone 3GS, which was first released in 2009, would be discontinued by Apple with the launch of the iPhone 5.

While the iPhone 3GS has been discontinued, recent buyers won't be left behind with next week's launch of iOS 6. The new mobile software update, which will be released next Wednesday, has support for the iPhone 3GS, though not all features are available.
post #2 of 47
I am discontinuing mine too.....
post #3 of 47
The 3GS can’t do everything in iOS 6. But for a 3-year-old model, we have it made compared to all the rapidly-abandoned Android devices that fail to get the current OS in even one year! They lose support before your 2-year contract is even up...

P.S. I think they need full production of display panels at that particular DPI for... some other device....
post #4 of 47

Quite the shelf-life this phone had. 

post #5 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by icoco3 View Post

I am discontinuing mine too.....

 

Why?

 

The announcement of the iPhone 5 magically makes your 3GS stop working?

post #6 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by OriginalMacRat View Post

 

Why?

 

The announcement of the iPhone 5 magically makes your 3GS stop working?

 

It certainly makes it a POS in comparison.  :-)  

post #7 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by OriginalMacRat View Post

 

Why?

 

The announcement of the iPhone 5 magically makes your 3GS stop working?

Reeer.

An Apple man since 1977
Reply
An Apple man since 1977
Reply
post #8 of 47
unlike Android, which phones are discontinued within several months and are rarely update-able outside of the first few months, if at all.
post #9 of 47
Let us not forget the fastest product to ever be obsoleted: The Nokia Windows 7 phone.

This product, however, may lose its place in history to the Nokia Windows 8 phone which may not make it out to market... and still lacks a ship date or price.

Little known factoid: To change a Windows 8 device from one orientation mode to the other, open the settings tool and change the orientation setting, close the settings tool and you're good to go.
"That (the) world is moving so quickly that iOS is already amongst the older mobile operating systems in active development today." — The Verge
Reply
"That (the) world is moving so quickly that iOS is already amongst the older mobile operating systems in active development today." — The Verge
Reply
post #10 of 47
Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post
It certainly makes it a POS in comparison.  :-)  

 

So did the 4 and 4S.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #11 of 47

I still use my 3GS. Gets great reception in NYC.

My 3GS was originally on a 2 year ATT contract, but after the contract expired I got it unlocked and moved it over to T-Mobile.

Great phone. Upgraded it to iOS 5 and it still works well.

I think I still be using it 2 years from now.

Apple supported this product (and all their products) for a long time.

post #12 of 47

That has got to be the most uninformed opinion I've read in a while - why so much hate? The new Nokia phones are quite impressive and best the iPhone 5 in many respects based on specs alone.

 

It was just announced the older phones will get an upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 and will not be left behind. The new phones have no release date yet, but the carriers are already prepping for release.

post #13 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post

Little known factoid: To change a Windows 8 device from one orientation mode to the other, open the settings tool and change the orientation setting, close the settings tool and you're good to go.

That's so funny, I hope it is true. :)

post #14 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by Joelh View Post

That's so funny, I hope it is true. :)

It's untrue.

post #15 of 47
Originally Posted by FruityCyclops View Post
It was just announced the older phones will get an upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 and will not be left behind.

 

Which ones? And they're certainly still being left behind; they're not getting WP8.


Originally Posted by FruityCyclops View Post
It's untrue.

 

Yes, it was a joke.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #16 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

 

Which ones? And they're certainly still being left behind; they're not getting WP8.

 

Yes, it was a joke.

All of the WP7 Lumia phones. Actually, I don't think it was a joke, but we'll let the author of the misinformation speak for him/herself.

post #17 of 47
I had kind of hoped that Apple would have kept it around at a lower price in developing markets to gain market share. But perhaps Apple is thinking that the iPod Touch is the better way to attract people to the ecosystem at a lower price. Plus, I'm sure there will be plenty of used iPhones sold at discounted prices around the world, which can also help expand the user base.
post #18 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by icoco3 View Post

I am discontinuing mine too.....

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by OriginalMacRat View Post

 

Why?

 

The announcement of the iPhone 5 magically makes your 3GS stop working?

 

What a troll response...I have had it 2 1/2 years and would like a new one.  You still using the original iPhone or something? (some people actually do by the way)

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

 

It certainly makes it a POS in comparison.  :-)  

 

Yup, time to upgrade while I can still get a decent price for it to go toward a new one.  I could understand his comment if I was retiring a 4S but a 3GS???  Why not??

post #19 of 47

Also APPLE increased the Unlocked base line Price! AI can you report this in your article at all?

 

iPhone 3GS - 8GB - $375

iPhone 4 - 8GB - $450

 

iPod Touch at $299 darn good.

 

Personally I am waiting for all the new products to be released:

 

iPad Mini (may be in colors like iPod Touch)

Retina 13" MBP

iMac

 

I am plan on getting one of these product, so gotta wait.

Nov '09 | iMac 21.5" C2D 3.06 Ghz | Intel 330 240GB SSD | ATI

Sep '12| Toshiba 14" 1366 x 768! | i5 3rd Gen 6GB| Intel x25-m 120GB SSD | Win 7|  Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22" LCD
iPhone 4S| iPad 2 wifi

Reply

Nov '09 | iMac 21.5" C2D 3.06 Ghz | Intel 330 240GB SSD | ATI

Sep '12| Toshiba 14" 1366 x 768! | i5 3rd Gen 6GB| Intel x25-m 120GB SSD | Win 7|  Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22" LCD
iPhone 4S| iPad 2 wifi

Reply
post #20 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by FruityCyclops View Post

That has got to be the most uninformed opinion I've read in a while - why so much hate? The new Nokia phones are quite impressive and best the iPhone 5 in many respects based on specs alone.

It was just announced the older phones will get an upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 and will not be left behind. The new phones have no release date yet, but the carriers are already prepping for release.

Sure on specs alone it does best the iPhone. (Not sure which ones off the top of my head). How does it compare in reality. Lets wait until it is a real shipping product and compare it. The iPhone wins on two major fronts. It has a release date and a price.
post #21 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by icoco3 View Post


What a troll response...I have had it 2 1/2 years and would like a new one.  You still using the original iPhone or something? (some people actually do by the way)


Yup, time to upgrade while I can still get a decent price for it to go toward a new one.  I could understand his comment if I was retiring a 4S but a 3GS???  Why not??

It really was bizarre. Android users regularly upgrade hardware just so they can get last years OS upgrade. Upgrading your 2.5 year old phone seems reasonable.
post #22 of 47
Apple needed to drop iPhone 3GS since it is very unlikely iOS7 will support 3GS. This allows the current 3GSs a year or more until they will no longer be iOS upgradeable. If Apple kept the 3GS, then the day the new iOS came out the 3GS would be orphaned.

I suspect the same logic applies to iPhone 4 a year or so from now. Regarding the very low end non-contract sales, the market is certainly very large, but not clear that Apple can or should compete in this market.

With China beginning to explode and India, prob not far behind there is a several billion person non-consumption opportunity for Apple.
post #23 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by FruityCyclops View Post

That has got to be the most uninformed opinion I've read in a while - why so much hate? The new Nokia phones are quite impressive and best the iPhone 5 in many respects based on specs alone.

 

 

Uh, which specs do they "best" the iPhone 5 on?

post #24 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by icoco3 View Post

 

 

What a troll response...I have had it 2 1/2 years and would like a new one.  You still using the original iPhone or something? (some people actually do by the way)

 

 

Yup, time to upgrade while I can still get a decent price for it to go toward a new one.  I could understand his comment if I was retiring a 4S but a 3GS???  Why not??


I've still got an original iPhone (2G), still working well, and in my opinion, it's the best looking iPhone ever. It's currently my backup phone. :)

Replace user and press any key to continue!
Reply
Replace user and press any key to continue!
Reply
post #25 of 47
My wife and I both have 3GS's and I think it's a fine phone. However as we have iPad 2 and new iPad's respectively, the slower speed is getting noticeable.

I am going to her her an iPhone 5 in October and perhaps myself one early next year. Oh, and we're dropping AT

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
15" Matte MacBook Pro: 2.66Ghz i7, 8GB RAM, GT330m 512MB, 512GB SSD

iPhone 5 Black 32GB

iPad 3rd Generation, 32GB

Mac Mini Core2Duo 2.26ghz,...

Reply

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others.
15" Matte MacBook Pro: 2.66Ghz i7, 8GB RAM, GT330m 512MB, 512GB SSD

iPhone 5 Black 32GB

iPad 3rd Generation, 32GB

Mac Mini Core2Duo 2.26ghz,...

Reply
post #26 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blastdoor View Post

I had kind of hoped that Apple would have kept it around at a lower price in developing markets to gain market share.

Sorry, but people here in the developing world don't want an old, slow iPhone. If they don't have any money, they get a feature phone. If they have some cash they they get a modern $100~$300 Android phone. If they're rich, they pay $700+ for an iPhone. No one wants to pay $400 for a three-year-old device.

post #27 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by gprovida View Post

Apple needed to drop iPhone 3GS since it is very unlikely iOS7 will support 3GS. This allows the current 3GSs a year or more until they will no longer be iOS upgradeable. If Apple kept the 3GS, then the day the new iOS came out the 3GS would be orphaned.
I suspect the same logic applies to iPhone 4 a year or so from now. Regarding the very low end non-contract sales, the market is certainly very large, but not clear that Apple can or should compete in this market.
With China beginning to explode and India, prob not far behind there is a several billion person non-consumption opportunity for Apple.

the real issue is, how low in price can apple reasonably sell the 3GS before cutting into their profit margins?  At this point, I doubt it costs much more for them to produce the iphone 4 than it does to make the 3GS, so while they could reduce the price maybe $25 or something, it's doubtful that that would be enough of a drop to make a difference.  With that in mind, it just doesn't seem worthwhile to keep the old production lines in operation producing this device.

 

Phil

post #28 of 47
The unlocked 3GS was $375 on Apple's site. I see the iPhone 4 is now $450. That would be a tough sale in the rest of the world. I wonder if Apple will get more aggressive with off-contract pricing of the 4 later in the year.
post #29 of 47

$450 for iPhone 4 8GB - not a great move.

 

I guess we all just get iPod touch then...
 

Nov '09 | iMac 21.5" C2D 3.06 Ghz | Intel 330 240GB SSD | ATI

Sep '12| Toshiba 14" 1366 x 768! | i5 3rd Gen 6GB| Intel x25-m 120GB SSD | Win 7|  Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22" LCD
iPhone 4S| iPad 2 wifi

Reply

Nov '09 | iMac 21.5" C2D 3.06 Ghz | Intel 330 240GB SSD | ATI

Sep '12| Toshiba 14" 1366 x 768! | i5 3rd Gen 6GB| Intel x25-m 120GB SSD | Win 7|  Viewsonic VX2255wmb 22" LCD
iPhone 4S| iPad 2 wifi

Reply
post #30 of 47
Originally Posted by shanmugam View Post
$450 for iPhone 4 8GB - not a great move.

 

I guess we all just get iPod touch then...

 

Unless, of course, you wanted a phone, in which case that's a bad idea.

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply

Originally posted by Marvin

Even if [the 5.5” iPhone] exists, it doesn’t deserve to.
Reply
post #31 of 47
Apple still is supporting this product. It will run the latest OS for another year. That's what makes Apple the best.
post #32 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by nagromme View Post

The 3GS can’t do everything in iOS 6. But for a 3-year-old model, we have it made compared to all the rapidly-abandoned Android devices that fail to get the current OS in even one year! They lose support before your 2-year contract is even up...
P.S. I think they need full production of display panels at that particular DPI for... some other device....

True...Frankly, I spent the first half of this year using the original iPhone! While I wont argue that it was an awesome experience, it was outright better than an Android a buddy of mine bought 2 years ago. He is waiting with credit card in hand for tomorrow to order the iPhone 5.

post #33 of 47

How much does a feature phone cost in China?

post #34 of 47
No surprise here. I like the 3G. Great little phone.

 

 


Tim Cook using Galaxy Tabs as frisbees

 

Reply

 

 


Tim Cook using Galaxy Tabs as frisbees

 

Reply
post #35 of 47

Still got mine, at least for another two weeks or so. Then I'm all in on iP5, yeah!!! My 3GS has been getting slower and slower the past year and crashes more often. Giving it to a friend in another country who's in desperate need of a short-term phone. For me iP5 will be MUCH appreciated and loongg overdue upgrade!!! To quote Bart Scott (for any NFL fans on here), "Can't Wait!!!!"

post #36 of 47
Prefer the design of the 3GS, much more comfortable in the hand. The main thing tempting me away are the cameras. No facetime camera, and a mediocre main camera.

So yeah 3GS still works, but the missing features are a pain.
post #37 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by TokyoJimu View Post

Sorry, but people here in the developing world don't want an old, slow iPhone. If they don't have any money, they get a feature phone. If they have some cash they they get a modern $100~$300 Android phone. If they're rich, they pay $700+ for an iPhone. No one wants to pay $400 for a three-year-old device.

How much does a feature phone cost in the developing world?  If Apple could sell it at say, just above cost, and that cost was in range of a feature phone, then wouldn't it make sense to market the 3GS as an introduction to the Apple experience for millions of potential customers, some of whom may eventually be able to move up the Apple ladder by buying more expensive devices at a later date?

post #38 of 47
Quote:
Originally Posted by Macky the Macky View Post

Little known factoid: To change a Windows 8 device from one orientation mode to the other, open the settings tool and change the orientation setting, close the settings tool and you're good to go.

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Joelh View Post

That's so funny, I hope it is true. :)

 

Its true.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2012/8/31/3281960/windows-rt-office-2013-rt-specs-details-hands-on

 

go to 2.20 in the video ;)

Grocery Stores FEAR Him
Reply
Grocery Stores FEAR Him
Reply
post #39 of 47
Thank God.
post #40 of 47
I wonder if the 4 and the 4S are going to be limied to the 8gig set up or will they up it to 16 (which would kinda piss me off). One of the benefits of having a newer model is that they had better configurations. I remember my old 4gig iPhone, sigh, those were the days to be at the cutting edge. No one wants to see your phone now, unless it is a Galaxy III, which is cool because they see it and want to hand it back. The iPhone has become ubiquitous and yet very personal, everyone is the same and yet totally unique. I sneer at the people who have Apple originated lock and home screens, but I scowl at people who have Android phones, I don't care what kind. I'm a fanboy and that ain't no lie.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: iPhone
AppleInsider › Forums › Mobile › iPhone › Apple confirms discontinuation of iPhone 3GS