When I first reviewed the iPhone 3GS, I thought it odd that Apple decided to underclock the device and offer it alongside the iPhone 3G at $99. In the first part of my review of the iPhone 3GS on Obsessable, I noted:
“Knowing how Apple tends to operate, my guess is that Apple is coordinating all of this to nicely sync up with AT&T’s improvements of its network and the $99 sale of the iPhone 3G to get rid of all the back inventory of parts in Apple’s warehouses. Once that marketing clearing house is complete, sales of the iPhone 3G will be discontinued, and Apple will suddenly crank up the 3GS’s capabilities via a firmware update in order to convince everyone who didn’t upgrade before to spend the money on a brand new (and magically improved) 3GS.”
I think Apple is about to end of life the 3G after clearing out all the 3G specific parts that it had available, Apple is going to release an 8GB iPhone 3GS at $99 as reported by BGR, and Steve Jobs will say something like “everyone really wants to record video with their iPhones, so we thought we’d go full 3GS,” just like Apple did when they discontinued the 4GB iPhones and lowered all the iPhone prices shortly after the iPhone’s initial launch (claiming that everyone just really wanted the 8GB). I also think that either simultaneous with this move or shortly thereafter, Apple is going to release a firmware upgrade that will crank up the power on the 3GS and enable 720p video recording and faster processor speeds (essentially removing the underclocking and letting the device run full speed).