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iPhone 3G Being Replaced By 8GB 3GS

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There was a certain kind of sense when Apple decided to continue sales of the iPhone 3G after announcing the 3GS (apart from in the UK where ridiculous O2 pricing made it pointless). But could the venerable handset now not be long for this world...?

A pretty major leak from Canadian network Rogers (famed for the most exorbitant iPhone price plans on the planet) has revealed this looks set to be the case with private computer inventory spelling out: "8GB iPhone transitioning to 3GS".

Sadly the snag is too zoomed in for full reading but phrases such as "effective immediately", "reduce our inventory levels significantly" and "continue to sell out of the older version" pretty much give the game away. In other words: flog all remaining 8GB iPhone 3G stock, transition over to the 3GS and keep on trucking.

No price levels have been revealed (not that Rogers retail brackets have much to do with the rest of the world) but dropping $100 compared to the 16GB 3GS is logical with the 32GB edition $100 more again. With O2 set to lose its iPhone 3G exclusivity before the end of the year this cheaper edition would also offer some consolation to the recently troubled network.

In related Apple news Mac OS X 10.5.8 is now available bringing the following hearts and kisses:

  • Upgrades Safari to version 4.0.2.
  • Improves the accuracy of full history search in Safari 4.
  • Resolves an issue in which certain resolutions might not appear in the Display pane in System Preferences.
  • Dragging an Aperture image into Automator now invokes an Aperture action instead of incorrectly invoking an iPhoto action.
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent importing of large photo and movie files from digital cameras.
  • Improves overall Bluetooth reliability with external devices, USB webcams and printers.
  • Addresses an issue that could cause extended startup times.
  • Improves iCal reliability with MobileMe Sync and CalDav.
  • Addresses data reliability issues with iDisk and MobileMe.
  • Improves overall reliability with AFP.
  • Improves overall reliability with Managed Client.
  • Improves compatibility and reliability for joining AirPort networks.
  • Improves Sync Service reliability.
  • Includes additional RAW image support for several third-party cameras.
  • Improves compatibility with some external USB hard drives.
  • Includes latest security fixes.
Yes, we wish Apple had a wider vocabulary than 'improves' too but hey, with that build number Snow Leopard isn't far away...

Links:
8GB 3GS via BGR
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.8

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