Has Apple Stopped Shipping iPhone 3G Ahead Of iPhone 4G Launch?
According to Boy Genius Report, Apple has stopped shipping the entry-level 8GB iPhone 3G models to AT&T's retail stores.
This indicates that Apple is probably phasing out the iPhone 3G models with two weeks to go for Apple’s WorldWide Developers Conference 2010 where it is expected to release the fourth generation iPhone.
According to Boy Genius Report:
We've heard that Apple has stopped shipping iPhone 3G 8GB units to AT&T stores and orders are not being placed for the device. Could this mean we might see the iPhone 3GS drop to $99 and make way for a new model?
MacRumors has also confirmed the shortage of iPhone 3G model in other countries:
In Australia, where Apple sells contract-free iPhones online at unsubsidized prices, the 8 GB iPhone is listed as "Currently Unavailable".
MacRumors readers in UK are also reporting problems ordering the iPhone 3G model:
Similarly, customers looking to order iPhone 3G models in the United Kingdom through carrier O2 similarly appear to be having a difficult time, with a drop-down menu on O2's iPhone ordering page showing only new and reconditioned iPhone 3GS options despite the menu's description noting an iPhone 3G option.
So it is very likely that Apple will reduce the price of the 16GB iPhone 3GS model to $99 to make room for the next generation iPhone with higher storage capacity.
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