Could Apple be giving the iPhone 3G the slip, replacing the $99 model with an 8GB iPhone 3GS? It certainly seemed plausible when we first heard about it, and now a forum-dweller has received packaging suggesting it could be true.
A user on the German apfeltalk forums ordered an 8GB iPhone 3G, and while the handset was what he was expecting, the packaging suggested it contained an 8GB version of the latest model, the 3GS. As you know, it's only available in 16GB and 32GB options, so either the box info contained a typo, or Apple accidentally got its new packaging mixed up with the old.
User .David commented on the forums (translated via Google Translate):
"Seems to be an iPhone 3G (back and no compass, FW) 3.0.1 on it. However, the packaging is clearly designed for an iPhone 3G [S] 8GB. Ordered was a refurbished 3G iPhone 8GB.
Vote: who have a refurbished iPhone 3G in a new packaging of the packaged iPhone 3G [S] 8GB, because the enhancement is clearly new. Which clearly indicates that the sale of the iPhone 3G [S] 8GB immediately imminent."
It's not the craziest rumor we've ever heard, considering the 3G model is now over 18 months old, and Apple will be gearing up to launch a fourth model in June. They can't have three different models on the market at once, after all. As rumored, Apple will be holding an event on the 26th of January, and if this 8GB iPhone 3GS will rear its head anywhere, it'll be there. [Apfeltalk forums via iHackintosh]