There have been rumors about a 8GB iPhone 3GS going around since the summer. But a man in Hamburg, Germany who recently bought a refurbished 8GB iPhone 3G was supirsed to find on the label that it said “iPhone 3GS v2.2, 8GB.” The model and part number are for the older model, but “iPhone 3GS” appears on other places on the packaging as well, implying that the label wasn’t just a typo but an actual part label for an existing or soon to be existing iPhone model.
Back in August, screen caps from an internal website for the Canadian iPhone provider, Rogers Wireless were posted to the internet showing a 8GB iPhone 3GS and stores were apparently under strict orders to sell out their current stock of 8GB iPhone 3G to make room for the new 3GS, which never appeared in stores.
Orange & Tesco Mobile are soon to be joined by Vodafone as one the iPhone carriers in the UK. They have announced that the iPhone will be on their networking starting January 14th.
The plans start at £30 a month for 24 months, with additional handset charges ranging from £59 (iPhone 3G 8GB) to £239 (3GS 32GB). However, if you sign onto a £35 a month contract for 24 months the 8GB iPhone 3G is free.
Unlike Orange, O2 and Tesco Mobile; Vodafone don’t appear to be offering a Pay As You Go option for its customers.
There has been some concerns whether or not the network would be able to handle the major increase in traffic, but Guy Laurence, chief executive of Vodafone UK, says the company has been preparing for the launch for over a year, strengthening their infrastructure for the release.
Steve Jobs made his return today on stage, to announce an update on all iPod models. However the rumors did not all turn out to be true, as there was no iPAD and no camera for the iPod Classic or iPod Touch, however the news about the delay in manufacturing the new iPod Touch device seems like they might announce a camera model later.
The iPod Touch got a minimal update, however there is still maybe hope for the camera model. But all Apple announced was a size increase, up to 64GB; and a price drop which will be a good thing for the iPod market.
8GB – £149 / $199
32GB – £229 / $299
64GB – £299 / $399
The iPod Classic was also rumored to get a camera, however it didn’t happen but they have made the device slimmer and also bumped up the memory but kept the price.
160GB – £189 / $249
iPod Nano now has a VGA camera capable of shooting H.264 video at 30fps, just like the iPhone 3GS. It’s still comes in 8GB and 16GB models and in the usual array of colours. It has a larger 2.2 inch screen and comes with a microphone and speaker. And now has the VoiceOver feature like the shuffle does. It has a FM radio tuner now also built in and a voice recording app, exactly like the iPhone’s.
8GB – £115 / $149
16GB – £135 / $179
The iPod shuffle has now got new colours: pink, green, blue, black and silver. And a special edition model.
2GB – £45 / $59
4GB – £59 / $79
Many reports have shown that there’s a chance of a 8GB iPhone 3GS model soon. The 8GB model was found on Rogers Wireless internal sales system, however Rogers quickly said it was an error. However a few days later, the 8GB 3GS reappeared in the system.