The iPhone 3G S is now available in Apple and AT&T retail stores, and many of those who pre-ordered this device will receive it in the next few hours.
There were some lines of people waiting for stores to open this morning, but both Apple and AT&T allowed customers to place pre-orders, greatly reducing the need to camp out all night to get the device on the first day..
Anyone who put in an order for the latest iPhone from AT&T before last weekend should receive an email notifying them to come to a store today to pick up their purchase. Those who put their orders in later will have to wait another week.
Apple began shipping this device to some of those who pre-ordered it a few days ago, but asked UPS to hold off the deliveries until today.
Still, there were lines at some Apple stores overnight, as people queued up to get their hands on the iPhone 3G S as soon as doors opened this morning.
One analyst has predicted that sales of this new device will be around half a million during opening weekend. While that would be an impressive launch for most devices, it’s about half of the opening-weekend sales for last year’s iPhone 3G.
More about the iPhone 3G S
Apple’s third-generation smartphone is an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary model. Its feature set is improved, but not dramatically so.
The “S” is for “speed,” and the iPhone 3G S has a faster processor and a quicker version of 3G than its predecessor.
In addition, this model has twice the storage capacity, support for recording and editing video, and a handful of other features, like MMS support. Still, iPhone 3G S has much in common with the current version. The outward appearance isn’t significantly different, and the screen resolution remains the same.
This phone is available in either a black or a white casing.
There are two versions of the latest iPhone: a 16 GB for $200, while a 32 GB model goes for $300.
To get these prices, though, requires customers to either be a new to AT&T or qualify for an upgrade discount from this carrier. AT&T has bent its own rules, and is allowing those who wouldn’t qualify for a discount for another couple of months get it now.
In addition, the 8 GB version of the original iPhone 3G is still on the market for $100.
In any case a two-year contract is required.