I think the 3G and 3GS will be discontinued...

Anthony T

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I know no one cares what I think, but I'm going to toss my opinion out there anyway. A lot of people think that when the new iPhone is released, the 3G will be discontinued, and the 16GB 3GS will become the new 'base model' like the 3G currently is.

However, being that the leaked iPhone shows that it's a 16GB, and many of us were expecting a 64GB model, perhaps we will get 3 versions of the new iPhone, priced as following:

16GB- $99
32GB- $199
64GB- $299

And then they can just discontinue the 3G and 3GS. Anyone think we might see a 64GB for $299?
 

Geckotek

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Jul 22, 2008
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What about those new Toshiba 64GB chips that were rumored to be in the next iPhone a while back?
Has Apple used Toshiba chips before? I could be wrong but I'm guessing it would be more than $299 if the cost is higher.
 

Geckotek

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You haven't seen the final version, so really, you have no idea what there is space for.
Yes, we have. (In my VERY strong opinion) And do you honestly think they would put a larger battery in the pre-production version then suddenly take it away?

Edit: and none of the previous iPhones have had 2 chips.
 

Geckotek

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No, I did not forget the phone, hence the other half of size when LOOSLY comparing it to the touch. In case you missed it- there is a completely new design. So according to your thought, because iPhone has never had 2 mem chips- this must still be the case?
Then you must be forgetting the additional battery it takes to power that phone.

If you look at the disassembled 3Gs compared to the 4G you will see...there is even less space than before.

Hopefully the Vietnamese site will give us additional breakdown of the chips on that board.
 

LoganT

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It would be nice if Apple would put in a MicroSD card (they are the size of a fingernail). But I think Hell would have to freeze over to see that.
 

TruckdriverSean

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~$100 Price Range

I'm betting that Apple will keep some version of the 3GS for the "It's only $99, Why would you buy a cheaper XXX Phone?" catagory.

Afterall, this let's them compete on up-front costs with virtually any basic smartphone for first-time buyers in subsidized markets, (US, CAN, UK) while avoiding canabalization of the market for newer, higher spec'ed (more profitable) 4th-gen iPhone handsets. If Apple were to produce a new 8 or 16-gig iPhone HD for only $99, it MUST be that the overall cost to produce the handset is low enough to get the "Apple" profit margin (40-60%). Otherwise, they just won't do it.

Sean
 

vizkiz

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...However, being that the leaked iPhone shows that it's a 16GB...
Proof? The guy who found the iPhone said it was 80GB, and after it was remotely wiped, they couldn't confirm anything.

As for what I think, just what most other people think:
16GB 3GS for $99
32GB 4th Gen for $199
64GB 4th Gen for $299

Apple may get a below cost price on the 64GB chips. Think about it. They sign a contract to pay $XX per chip for XX number of chips. As prices get lower, they are then paying above wholesale cost for the chips. Once it evens out, and they've paid an average reasonable wholesale price per chip, they renegotiate the contract. Toshiba is happy they have gotten their price per chip, Apple is happy they were able to get cheap storage early on for their brand new phone model, and 8x (or more) the storage capacity of competing phones.
 

Pez555

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Proof? The guy who found the iPhone said it was 80GB, and after it was remotely wiped, they couldn't confirm anything.

As for what I think, just what most other people think:
16GB 3GS for $99
32GB 4th Gen for $199
64GB 4th Gen for $299

Apple may get a below cost price on the 64GB chips. Think about it. They sign a contract to pay $XX per chip for XX number of chips. As prices get lower, they are then paying above wholesale cost for the chips. Once it evens out, and they've paid an average reasonable wholesale price per chip, they renegotiate the contract. Toshiba is happy they have gotten their price per chip, Apple is happy they were able to get cheap storage early on for their brand new phone model, and 8x (or more) the storage capacity of competing phones.
proof?

have you missed the blaring story on the front page of macrumors?
 

vizkiz

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proof?

have you missed the blaring story on the front page of macrumors?
I wouldn't exactly call it blaring.
And yes, I missed it. When I'm on my phone, my bookmark is for the forums, not the front page. It's odd that that model has 16GB and is missing the screws on the bottom. It could be basically the same early model from the leaked images on twitpic from February. Maybe before they got the larger chips. Unless it would be cheaper for them to just use 16/32/64 in one unit, to lower production costs now that it's a completely different model.