Announced on June 8th, 2009 the Apple iPhone 3GS was the successor of the iPhone 3G. This version of the iPhone did support video recording and included an upgraded 3MP camera. The iPhone 3GS still receives software updates from Apple; its firmware version is the same as the latest release for the iPhone 4. AT&T remains as the exclusive carrier in the United States. The iPhone 3GS is currently being offered for free from AT&T as leverage over Verizon and the iPhone 4.
The iPhone was released to the public on June 8th, 2009 in the United States where a black and white version were both offered. The
In June 2010, Apple announced the iPhone 4 and began shipping shortly after. The 16GB and 32GB versions of the "iPhone 3GS" was discontinued after just over 1 year and over 1 million units sold in the first weekend. The iPhone 3GS brand was kept and reduced to an entry level 8GB iPhone.
Dimensions: 115.5 mm height (4.55 in) X 62.1 mm width (2.44 in) X 12.3 mm (0.48 in) thickness
Weight: 135 grams (4.8 ounces)
Display: 3.5-inch screen
Resolution: 480 by 320 pixels (163 ppi)
Battery: 3.7V 1219 mAh
Processor: Samsung S5PC100 ARM Cortex A8
Storage Options: 16GB or 32GB (8GB version upon iPhone 4 launch)
Inputs: Multi-touch touchscreen, 3-axis accelerometer, proximity sensor, digital compass, ambient light sensor, microphone, headset controls.
Connectivity: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WiFi (b/g), Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0
Overheating - Shortly after the release of the iPhone 3GS, users reported overheating of the device during heavy use. Some reported discoloration of the device due to heat, especially on the white models. Apple discounted these issues as being a result of iPhone covers rubbing against the back of the iPhone. They later warning users against leaving their iPhones in a car on a hot day. These issues likely caused a delay in the white iPad at launch.
CNET gave the iPhone 3GS a 4 out of 5 stars, citing the battery life improvements and a small camera improvement and speed bump may be good enough although...but may leave users wanting more from their iPhone.