Well, the cat is finally out of the bag. Apple has announced the iPhone 3G S, described as “the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet” (which is hardly surprising). It promises a faster processor, faster data speeds (7.2Mbps HSDPA) and a longer battery life. There’s a 3 megapixel autofocus camera, video recording, voice control and all the benefits of the previously-announced iPhone 3.0 operating system (due for release on 17th June). Oh, and a digital compass.
In the USA, the 16GB model is going to sell for $199 and the 32GB model for just $299, with the original iPhone 3G 8GB dropping to $99. In the UK, the iPhone 3GS will be available from 19th June. Both devices are still exclusive to O2 in the UK. The 16GB model will cost from nothing up to £184.98 depending on your tariff, with the 32GB costing up to £274.23. Using the iPhone as a modem will cost extra; O2 is creating an Internet Tethering Bolt-On charged at £14.68/month for 3GB of data, rising to £29.36/month for 10GB. [Apple press release; O2 Twitter feed]