It appears that the days of the iPhone 3G is numbered. Launched on July 11, 2008, the iconic phone will most likely be discontinued, as its relatively frugal hardware specs will mean that it will not be able to tap into the full capabilities of the newly announced iPhone OS 4.0, especially resource-heavy functions such as multitasking. This will mean that early adopter of the 3G model will have their two-year service contracts expire in the nick of time, just as the much loved phone approaches obsolescence.
According to reports, AT&T is no longer ordering iPhone 3G units for its retail outlets, while the Australian online Apple Store and 02 web store have taken it off their inventories. The fate of the iPhone 3GS is as yet unclear, and we will probably have to wait a couple of weeks before we find out if the 3GS model will still be around after the iPhone 4 release. If Apple continues to stick to its two-tier model for its iPhone business, the 3GS will most likely replace iPhone 3G in the lower tier.
The timing of the move fits perfectly with Apple’s annual iPhone product cycle, and the industry is abuzz with talk of price cuts for 3GS model. In fact, ngadget points out that US store Walmart is now selling the iPhone 3GS for $97, which is either an inventory-clearing move, or reflective of the 3GS model’s new found place in the lower tier. Apple has remained quiet on the status of the 3GS model.