Apple’s iPhone 3GS Will Retire After Next-Gen iPhone’s Launch

iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S

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According to anonymous sources “close to retailers,” the arrival of the next-generation iPhone this fall will mark the end of iPhone 3GS. The Telegraph also added that taking its place as Apple’s free on-contract mobile phone will be the iPhone 4, which was first released two years ago.

There were also rumors that the upcoming device will be available in three storage capacities, while an 8 GB iPhone 4S is expected to replace its predecessor at the $100 price point. These allegations go in line with the company’s pricing structure, wherein it sells a smaller 8 GB version of the last year’s handset for $100. In fact, Apple kept the iPhone 3GS around last year as a free on-contract phone to entice more entry-level buyers.

What It Means for 3GS Users

However, nothing is definite yet with regard to iPhone 3GS’ fate. And in case the company decides to stop selling the device, its recent buyers won’t be left behind.

Upcoming release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 6, will still be available for the iPhone 3GS. Unfortunately, some features, like the turn-by-turn navigation, won’t be available for the handset. Apparently, such feature will require a newer version of the iPhone 4.

On the other hand, Jefferies Analyst Peter Misek predicted earlier this year that Apple will not kill the iPhone 3GS immediately. Instead, he said that the company could continue selling the device in developing markets. That way, it could expand its sales by offering the handset for less than $300 without contract.

In addition, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster expects that the company will offer a $200 unsubsidized iPhone next year. At the moment, the 8 GB iPhone 3GS is available without contract for $375.

Furthermore, the next-generation iPhone will be one of the new smartphones that will feature the 40 percent smaller nano SIM. Other mobile devices include Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, which were released yesterday. The smaller SIM card enables thinner design and provides more space for improved cameras and battery.

This means that existing iPhone users will need to change their SIM card if they intend to switch to the upcoming handset. Good thing, they can swap their existing cards over the counter in various mobile network shops and iPhone retailers.

There were also previous reports saying that Apple decided to promote the wireless Airplay technology, instead of the existing dock connector for speakers and other accessories. However, a company representative said that they don’t give comments on rumors or speculations.

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