Apple is expected to launch its next-generation iPhone some time in October and it's going to have a positive ripple effect throughout the rest of the company's smartphone lineup. Let's take a look at what could be in store for each device when that happens.
The IPhone 4S
Currently the top dog of Apple's available iPhones, the 4S' reign as king of the hill is coming to a close. It has been a good year, with record sales, the introduction of Siri and the most powerful hardware in an iPhone yet, but all of that will likely be trumped when Apple lifts the curtain on the iPhone 5, running iOS 6, near the end of the summer. If you're someone who wants the latest and greatest, stay clear of the 4S; it won't hold those adjectives much longer.
Now, I know what some are probably thinking: The new iPhone sounds great and everything, but you don't want to spend hours standing in line and you don't care about having the new one. But do you care about money? Specifically, $100? Because tradition suggests that's how much Apple will reduce the cost of the 4S when the new iPhone launches. The iPhone 4 and 3Gs each saw similar cuts when their successors were released.
The IPhone 4
Arguably Apple's most well-received phone ever, the iPhone 4 is still a formidable device with its Retina display and the power of the App Store behind it. The iPhone 4 may be one of the best available devices on the market at its price, but if the 4S gets slashed by $100, the 4 is also going to see a drop.
By October, the iPhone 4 could be free at AT&T, Verizon and Sprint with a two-year contract. It will almost certainly be at least half the price it is now.
The IPhone 3GS
At more than three years old, the 3GS is definitely beginning to show its age, but with App Store support and a design that some feel Apple never should have departed from, it still has its charms. In fact, the iPhone 3GS is the only smartphone from Apple that warrants purchasing right now. AT&T already offers the phone for only a dollar, and the next likely spot for the device to land is the history books after Apple launches its next-generation iPhone.
If you're someone who admires the curved design of the 3GS and wants an iPhone for practically nothing: run, don't walk, to go pick up this device.