From our pals in Cuppertino comes word that the iPhone 3G-S and accompanying iPhone OS 3.0 will be available next week.
Apple has officially taken the wraps off the third incarnation of the iPhone. Dubbed the iPhone 3G S, it will come in 16GB and 32GB flavors for $199 and $299 respectively, with the current 3G model available unchanged for $99. The iPhone 3GS will be available on June 19; iPhone OS 3.0 will arrive two days before that, on June 17.
Those in the US, Canada, France, Italy, UK, and Spain will be able to get their hands on the new iPhone on the 19th. The iPhone 3G S will gradually be introduced worldwide as new countries are added every few weeks. Keep in mind that those prices are with AT&T contracts; "naked" iPhones will run $499, $599, and $699 for the 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB models respectively.
Many of the new functions and features were tipped over the past several weeks, and there are reviews all over the place for the Googling. The ars technica post hits the high hard ones for those who haven't been following.
One feature I like -- and have needed on a few occasions is this one:
He [Apple SVP of iPhone software Scott Forstall] also gave an impressive demo of a "Find My Phone" feature. This feature allows a user to log in to MobileMe to locate a lost iPhone using geo-location. Further, said Forstall, "If you lose your phone, you can send it a message from online or your home phone—it'll play a sound whether or not you left it in silent mode." The sound will allow you to find it in your house, or if you left at a restaurant, for instance, help a waiter find it. And, if the phone is truly lost, you can send the phone a wipe command remotely using MobileMe—keeping your personal data safe from thieves.
That's cool. And handy. I recall a few months ago my friend Ben put out a Facebook message asking friends to call his phone, hoping either he or one of them would then hear it's ring. If only this would work for car keys.