Has the 8GB iPhone 3G been discontinued?

The device is no longer for sale on Apple.com, just a few weeks from the expected unveiling of Apple's newest phone.

iPhone 3G
Apple.com/Screenshot by Erica Ogg/CNET

As of Tuesday morning, the 8GB iPhone 3G is no longer for sale on Apple's Web site.

To be clear, that's the 2-year-old iPhone 3G, not the year-old iPhone 3GS. But Apple has been offering a steep discount on the 3G since last year and now it appears customers no longer have the option to buy it online at all. Apple hasn't responded to a request for comment about it.

But this isn't very surprising. Apple is widely expected to introduce a new iPhone at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7, an event that's now just a few weeks away. It's very likely that once the new iPhone hits stores, the iPhone 3GS will take the 3G's place as the discount model phone.

The clues that a new phone is imminent have begun to pile up: Wal-Mart announced it is cutting the price on the 16GB iPhone 3GS to $97 , an indication that the retailer is trying to blow out its stock of the device to make room for new products. Earlier Tuesday there were reports that Apple was casting for a new iPhone commercial . And last week came a report that one of Apple's contract manufacturers was in the process of fulfilling a huge order for iPhones .

Of course there was also the photo evidence from the lost iPhone episode. Last month, Gizmodo purchased and published photos of what is thought to be a prototype of the next iPhone from a man who found it in a bar after it was left behind by an Apple engineer.

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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