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.
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, 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 . And last week came a report that one of Apple's contract manufacturers was in the process of .
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 afrom a man who found it in a bar after it was left behind by an Apple engineer.