Apple Kills iPhone 3G Sales On The Eve Of WWDC

Try to purchase an iPhone 3G right now. Go on, we'll wait. Done yet? You sure are, because it's not happening if you're turning to Apple. The phone, which has long since been priced at just $99 on contract ever since the iPhone 3GS took over the $199 on contract spot, has finally become unavailable to order from Apple's own website. Usually, something like this wouldn't cause too much fuss, but it's the timing here that's interesting.

Tonight is the evening before the WWDC expo kicks off in California, with Steve Jobs slated to take the stage. We have already been told by Apple to expect a lot of details surrounding iPhone OS 4.0, but most in the industry are expecting more than just software talk. In fact, the next generation iPhone should be front and center, though we have to wonder how many surprises can be revealed now that the world knows how it will look and that it will use the same 1GHz A4 CPU that's inside the iPad.

There's also the chance that this next generation iPhone (assuming it launches) will be available for sale much sooner than in years past. Typically, Apple has left around 1-2 months in between the debut of a new iPhone and the actual on-sale date; with the major leak this time though, it's possible Apple will sell it right away to keep the buzz going.

There's nothing but speculation for now, but the keynote starts in a matter of hours. We're sure the world will be watching, but if you ever needed a sign that a new iPhone was coming tomorrow, the elimination of the iPhone 3G is about as much proof as you could hope to get.
Via:  Business Week
Tags:  Apple, iPhone, iPhone 3G
3vi1 4 years ago

I predict a huge yawn at Jobs keynote, as everybody and their brother knows the new features by now.

UNLESS... it's all been subterfuge for a grander plan. Can someone make sure Steve's car is still in a handicapped spot, and that he hasn't taken a Moonraker to a vantage point with a View to a Kill please?

rapid1 4 years ago

rofl; good one 3vi1! I as seems to often be true see this from a different point. While I don't doubt the jobs keynote may be a big yawn, I think they will probably have a spiffy little unit to show off. The killer here is that it will be second fiddle on the market for multiple reasons.

The first is it will just be a spiffed up unit with minor enhancements. What will and may actually make this exciting is from what I have heard the announcement of other carriers, or at least 1, and from what I have heard (not on a Verizon we want iPhone site) is either Verizon or Sprint will be that carrier.

What kills it all here is that Sprint just intro'd the EVO which is a 3G/4G android monster. Whereas Verizon still has no 4G as of yet (though I've also heard that might not be long off). So seeing as the only people begging for iPhone's, and seeing it as a new thing will be Verizon customers. The EVO beats the iPhone in every field in hardware even if the iPhone is updated.

However; since Sprint already has a phone that's being addressed as the iPhone killer. Then throw it at the nations largest carrier, and have almost guaranteed waiting customer. While Verizon is only 3G, and the hardware is or will most likely be the same as the Incredible or roughly there so. The Apple unit if Verizon got it will most likely still be on the Apple App store, and the Incredible while it can go straight to Google apps is still to some degree under Verizon's control.

The big thing hereon all off it is the most attractive to many markets is the EVO, because it is on a true Linux backbone (Android with no Verizon influence). I really think anyone who is on the open source market (IE: 3vi1) will see this in many ways as open sources true birth right, and in many ways coming out!

infinityzen 4 years ago

Hey rapid1, you really need to check out the EVO bro. This thing is crazy (and crazy big too). I actually like that the screen is not an AMOLED. Their to over bright and colored for me. The high res IPS used is very nice.

Just wish it had a little more internal flash. Come on, the Droid Incredible has 8GB of flash. The 1GB the EVO has only leaves you with ~360MB for external programs. Well, 2.2 will fix that (programs on the SD card), with my 16GB Kingston Class 10 card providing some good speed.

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