iPhone 3GS


Family: iOS

Codename: ?

Minimum OS: iPhone OS 3.0

Maximum OS: iOS 6.1.6

Introduced: June 2009

Terminated: September 2012


CPU: Samsung S5PC100 (ARM Cortex A8 core)

CPU Speed: 600 MHz

FPU: integrated

Bus Speed: 150 MHz

Register Width: 32-bit

Data Bus Width: 32-bit

Address Bus Width: 32-bit

Onboard RAM: 256 MB

Maximum RAM: 256 MB


Screen: 3.5" multi-touch

GPU: PowerVR SGX (Supports OpenGL ES 2.0)

Max Resolution: 480x320

Video Out: composite, component (via Dock Connector)

Camera: 3.15MP


Flash Drive: 16/32 GB


USB: via Dock Connector

Audio Out: stereo 16 bit mini

Speaker: mono

Microphone: mono

Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor


Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g

Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR


  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSDPA (3.6 & 7.2 Mbps) (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)

Location: GPS, Digital Compass


Battery Life:

  • Talk 5 hrs (3G)/12 hrs (EDGE)
  • Standby 300 hrs
  • Internet 5 hrs (3G)/9 hrs (Wi-Fi)
  • Video 10 hrs
  • Audio 30 hrs

Dimensions: 4.5" H x 2.4" W x 0.48" D

Weight: 0.29 lbs.

Introduced in June 2009, the iPhone 3GS included both specification and feature enhancements over its predecessor, the wildly successful iPhone 3G. In addition to CPU, GPU, and capacity improvements, the iPhone 3GS included a higher-resolution video-capable camera, an integrated Magnetometer, and Voice Control. It shipped with iPhone OS 3.0 (which was also made available for previous iPhone and iPod Touch models), which included software enhancements, such as cut & paste, pervasive landscape keyboard, search, internet tethering, and a voice memos application. The iPhone 3GS was available in both black and white in two capacities: 16 GB for $199, and 32 GB for $299, assuming subsidy eligibility. Early upgrade prices were $399 and $499, respectively, while unsubsidized prices were $599 and $699.

In June 2010, both models were replaced by the iPhone 4, and an 8 GB model was added for $99 (with subsidy). In October 2010, the price was lowered to $0 (with subsidy). It remained Apple's low-end iPhone for another two years, and was finally discontinued in September 2012.

Picture Credits:
Apple, Inc.