Apple’s three-year-old iPhone 3GS could be set for a revival as an inexpensive prepaid smartphone, an industry expert has forecast.
Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek claims the Cupertino-based giant has inked a deal with a “major global distributor” to re-launch the 3GS as an economical pay-as-you-go kit in a bid to capitalise on demand in fast-growing developing markets and stave off the challenge of cheap Android phones.
Debuting way back in 2009, the 3GS is the last iPhone to feature the curvaceous form factor of the original. Since then, Apple has overhauled the design on the iPhone 4 in favour of a more industrial, some might say more macho look, which it kept for the 4S.
Although the 3GS is still sold in European and North American territories, it’s likely to be phased out soon when Apple announces its sixth-generation iPhone, sometime in September or October.
Alas, little is known as to what this will feature. But if you put stock in rumours, a larger, four-inch display and a more robust ‘LiquidMetal’ construction are on the cards, as well as 4G support for places that offer it.