Apple unveiled its next-generation iPhone, the iPhone 3G S, at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco Monday. The updated device is said to be twice as fast as the current iPhone 3G model, with better battery life and a host of new features.
The iPhone 3G S will be available at the same price levels as its predecessor, though with higher amounts of storage: A 16GB version will sell for $199, and a 32GB phone will go for $299. Both models will require a new two-year AT&T service commitment for those prices to apply.
Apple’s iPhone 3G S hits store shelves in the U.S. next Friday, June 19. The phones will be carried at Apple and AT&T retail locations as well as at Best Buy and Wal-Mart stores. The new iPhone will also reach more than 80 other countries over the coming weeks.
While ongoing rumors of a scaled-down “iPhone Nano” didn’t pan out, Apple will now offer a $99 iPhone, too: As of this week, the iPhone 3G 8GB model will drop down to that price, lending some validity to the recent predictions of a lower-priced iPhone option,
The 3G’s price drop may be buzzworthy, but it’s the iPhone 3G S that’s the talk of the tech world today. We’ve broken down Apple’s new offering into an easy-to-digest photo tour. Click through the following pages to get a glimpse at the next-generation iPhone and what it can do, then make your own decision as to whether it’s the right smartphone for you.
PC World coverage of the 2009 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference:
New iPhones, New MacBook Pros, Snow Leopard, and iPhone 3.0 Unveiled at WWDC
WWDC 2009 Keynote: Complete Live Blog of the Event
Apple’s WWDC — Few Surprises, Few Innovations
Apple Adds Exchange Support to Snow Leopard
Apple Should Cut Price of iPod Touch Too