iPhone 3G S begins shipping to customers

Customers report shipping notices from Apple confirming the iPhone 3G S is on the way.

Introduced last week and due in stores on Friday , several people are reporting that shipments of the iPhone 3G S have started.

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One AppleInsider reader reported that his 32GB black iPhone shipped from China. Other early iPhone buyers are reporting on Twitter that Apple sent them shipping confirmation e-mails as well.

So far, nobody has been given a date when the phone will arrive, but presumably it will be on or before Friday, when the iPhone is due to arrive at retail locations.

The iPhone 3G S has many of the same features as its predecessor, although it does come with a few notable additions. At the top of that list is a faster processor, giving the iPhone the ability to load apps three to five times as fast as the previous model.

The new model also gets a three-megapixel camera and the ability to record video that can be edited directly on the phone. Built-in voice control and a magnetometer with a compass app round out the new features of the phone.

The iPhone 3G S costs $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model. Both models come in black and white.

About the author

Jim Dalrymple has followed Apple and the Mac industry for the last 15 years, first as part of MacCentral and then in various positions at Macworld. Jim also writes about the professional audio market, examining the best ways to record music using a Macintosh. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. He currently runs The Loop.

 

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