Apple had been selling iPhone 3GS even after the release of iPhone 4 and 4S. The device was being sold on contract basis on the major networks in UK and other markets. And this year the Cupertino is going to release the much awaited iPhone 5. So the question that arises is whether Apple is to continue iPhone 3GS or stop supporting it.The iPhones that were released prior to iPhone 3GS had the older version of iOS while the iPhone 3GS is still running the latest version of 5.1. But it is less likely that the model would see any more revisions or be expected to run iOS 6. Maybe the next few months may see a new iOS leaving the iPhone 3GS left behind.
According to analyst Peter Misek, Apple has entered in to a deal with a foremost distribution and logistics company to push the iPhone 3GS in prepaid markets all over the world as well as expand channels for it in the developing countries.
To achieve this Apple is planning to reprice the iPhone 3GS – between $250 and $300 so that users can buy it without subsidy at the same price as an on-contract iPhone 4S. With this the Cupertino can cover a wide range of price points as well as fulfill the demands for even a cheaper iPhone.
The next generation iPhone will be released in October this year and if Apple on every new iPhone release would discount the previous-generation hardware the iPhone 4S price would drop down to $99 while iPhone 4 would become free with a two-year contract. When iPhone 4 became the entry-level smartphone, it was believed that the iPhone 3GS would become insignificant. However, Misek overruled this belief stating that Apple might expand the iPhone sales in some other way.