The iPhone 3GS was a much needed stop-gap between the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 4. It was so much faster than the iPhone 3G, that pretty much anything the iPhone 4 can handle, the iPhone 3GS can still handle adequately to this day.

In all actuality, the iPhone 3G should have been what the iPhone 3GS was from the get-go; that would have resulted in a lot more satisfied customers over the long term.

As you may have noticed, when more and more iOS updates were released, the iPhone 3G became slower and slower, leading to numerous consumer complaints. This is a testament to the fact that the iPhone 3G should have been released in the form of its beefed up big brother from the very beginning…

That’s spilled milk though, it’s history. As we know, the iPhone 3GS was eventually released in the summer of 2009, and it did alleviate all of the slow speed issues with its snappier 600MHz processor, and a much more adequate amount of memory. The upgrade was such a huge difference that there are still people today debating over the whether or not to buy an iPhone 4, because they feel their 3GS is adequate enough until the next generation of the iPhone is released.

That brings us to an interesting question. Will Apple make the ‘S’ series of iPhones a tradition, or will it be more of a one-off situation? With the iPhone 3G, it was more of a case of ‘we can’t possibly add any new features to iOS without improved hardware.’ That proved to be true when much anticipated features like multitasking weren’t available to iPhone 3G owners.

At this point, though, I really can’t see any new software features that would require an incremental hardware upgrade like the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 4 has ample enough hardware specs to handle whatever the visionaries at Cupertino have planned for the next big revision of iOS. For that reason, I think it’s safe to say that we won’t see an iPhone 4GS, and instead Apple will jump right to the iPhone 5.

Remember, there wasn’t an iPhone ‘2GS’ either; I think my theory is pretty much a forgone conclusion. What do you think? Will we see an iPhone 4GS? If so, what sort of features would you want from an incremental hardware upgrade? Let us know!

  • pn2bade

    I have a feeling that the big thing will be a storage increase. We didn’t get any last year so that will be a biggie.

    • Weebsurfer

      Storage won’t happen. Too anti-cloud. (which sucks… I like my data to be MY data)

      • Rob

        I agree with you but i suspect that very little of our data is actually private

  • Pissed_Off_NERD!

    I know this…
    I’m gonna be pissed if 4G isn’t available for the iphone4 real freaking soon!!!! All my friends are buys Evo’s and All the Tmobile & Sprint based 4G phones with better quality Video Chat!!!

    Also the Video chat feature needs to be integrated so u can call ANY phone who has video capability without needing an App like Tango etc!

    • joseph

      what are you talking about better quality video chat facetime is the best video chat service. Smoothest and fastest and we have all of their video chat apps except qik and qik is terrible, you have to keep trying to start a chat over and over again.

  • They will bring radio in next release and will name it Revolution in Mobile World , Pathetic!!!

    • Jared

      Ahahaha XD just like there revolutionary compas

  • Jon Garrett

    If Apple releases an iPhone 4GS they will do so only to fill their pockets and once again rip off its customers by intentionally withholding features to increase sales.

    I will NOT, under any circumstances buy a 4GS or 5 or whatever they call it next year.

    Im fine with my i4.

    • I’d say there’s no way Apple releases anything but the 5 for the next iPhone. There’s no need for any incremental upgrades this go round. But, I have a feeling the 5 will include some things that may tempt you…

  • Dan

    My i4 will be last one. Apple is underachieving in all phone specs. Androids is much more superior in screen size and video chat. I’m waiting for the nexus 2 by Samsung

    • joseph

      what are you talking about id rather have my 3.5in screen phone that fits nice in my pocket and retina display. Why would you want to have a big ass phone for no reason. Also how are they better with video chat. They only have qik, fring, and tango which both suck. while we have facetime which is far superior to their services, fring, tango, and yahoo.

      • Marcus Carter

        Yessir!

  • orangesn0w

    a third camera on the top to take pictures when it looks like your using it

  • Al

    I think we will see a iPhone 4GS just with more storage space and improved antenna. Apple will want to keep its current iPhone 4 users happy as they will still have 8-12 months left on their contracts.

  • Twited21

    All this hype about iPhone 5 is pants it’s just gonna be an iPhone 4 with 4g radio fitted

    The iPhone 5 won’t happen next year it will be 2012

    • Petis

      4g radio no way, it is absolutely not ready to be part of phones, maybe some modems first and 5 years later in phones.

  • Pieter.steenssens@hotmail.com

    Certainly not. The iphone 4 is fast enough and already underclocked to preserve battery

  • ToddParker

    A few upgrades that I would like to see in the iPhone 4GS/4G/5 would be:

    1. A powerful Fm transmitter built-in. I can’t see Apple doing this because it may decrease the sales of accessories if it is included free built into the phone.

    2. An increase of, up to, at least an 8 mega-pixel camera with 1080P video capability. And possibly an optical zoom. 2x would be great.

    3. On AT&T’s side, an unlimited data plan. Even if it would cost $35 per month, I would be happy. With the increase in apps such as Netflix, Slingplayer, Sirius/XM, and streaming of video and audio, I ate up 5.5GB of data last month. Fortunatley I do have unlimited data since I was grandfathered in. But, I would think twice if I had to pay and extra $10, $20 or $30 dollars for extra data usage.

    4. With the increase of data with HD videos, pictures and collecting more music over the years, a 64GB or even a 128GB version would be great. Currently, I am using all of my 32GB easily with 16GB of music (I have 28GB on my MacBook), which I had to trim to fit all of my podcasts, pics, videos and apps within the 32GB.

    5. Apple should also look into offering some of the very popular apps from Cydia. Why not make some money off of the popularity of jailbreaking, while making the iPhone owners think twice about jailbreaking if they can get most of what they want from the iTunes Store.

    With these improvements, I would say the iPhone would turn heads and by far be the best smart phone available on the market. Good luck Apple!!

  • Burge

    In White would be nice …

    • Twited21

      Lol your not asking for much

      • Burge

        It’s not much but it’s the hardest thing that Apple can do….lol…

  • Monkey

    oh no, iOS is turning into windows vista. Requiring a lot more power to run

  • iKing

    The next iphone will have a radical new design simply because of the so call “atennna” issue and it might be called the iPhone 4G to compensate with the AT&T and verizon 4G network in 2011

    • Z

      So far the most rational speculation.
      Absolutely agree with the fact that Apple is working on a different design to remove the still existing ‘death grip’ problem.
      If the design of the phone remains similar to an iPhone 4, the most likely the new divest will be called iPhone 4G.
      If the design is different, i.e. they increase the size of the display, fit a stronger camera in, etc., then most likely the phone is to be an iPhone 5.

      As dreamt of it before, I want a 960×1440 screen resolution, Dual Core 1Ghz processor, 128Mb onboard graphics card and 1Gb of DDR3 RAM. Then I’ll be playing BioShock on my phone! =)

      • Aaron

        What your asking for is just becoming more of a computer… Why not go for an iPad? Or better yet just go for one of their computers 😛

  • Jailbreaklisten

    From what i heard they might change the ” block look “. Back to the normal because of the hardware problem. >.<

  • I think it will be named iPhone 4G, and, in the USA, will operate on one of the 4G networks, like T-Mobile’s HSPA+, Sprint’s WiMax, or future AT&T’s LTE or Verizon’s LTE.

  • I think it should have the new design, without the gaps in the metal siding and have the real intenna under the metal siding. Also better battery life, possibly a different battery which does not need a recharge cycle to stay healthy, a FM radio, a better camera with optical zoom, and make the iPod touch with the same features minus the cellular data/voice services.

  • joseph

    the reason the 3g wasnt that big a leap is cause they didnt have anyone to compete with

  • joseph

    @GTA_Charlie dont forget AT&T already has 80% of there network hspa+

  • TheAngryPenguin

    “Will the iPhone 4GS Be the Fastest, Most Powerful iPhone Yet?”

    I hate to answer a question with another question, but /if/ Apple decides to release a 4GS, would you really think that it would be slower and less powerful than the iPhone 4?!?

  • Sourish

    Iphone 4GS … haha .. good one … its really interesting to wait and see what apple names it next iphone release

    thanks ,

    Sourish

  • Preet Varun Singh

    Hi Guyz,
    Currently I am using iPhone 3g and iPhone 4 till yet hasn’t launched in India. I am dying to buy iPhone 4. I will be going to US in feb, please suggest if there is any way I can buy iphone 4 from USA and take it back to India.
    Guyz help!!

  • Michele

    I hope in a bigger storage and a full filling display without the “black border”, no home button but a interly touch screen. Then it should have the 4g technology (LTE). In summer a lot of countries will have covered all cities… At least in austria. Greets from Sweden! 😉

  • VAL

    I THINK THAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO MOVE ON WITH APPLE!!!! I HAD AN IPHONE BUT I SWITCHED OVER TO SPRINT AND GOT THE HTC EVO 4G AND YOU CAN DO SO MUCH MORE WITH THE EVO.. AND REMEBER THAT THE QUALITY OF THE VIDEO CHAT IS WORSE.. CUZ IT HAS A BIGGER CAMERA… AND WHO REALLY IS ON WIFI 24/7 TO CHAT.. APPLE COMES OUT WITH PHONES TO RIP A NEW HOLE IN YOUR POCKET.. TRUST ME JUST TRY THE EVO AND SEE THE DIFFRENCE.. REMEBER I HAD AN IPHONE BUT I PREFER THE EVO 4G, EPIC 4G, OR THE DROID.. THATS IN MY OPINION..

  • Lol “straight to iPhone 5”. Man, now it’s 2014, and we’re only at iPhone 6 🙂 Also, iPhone 4S, not 4GS (4 years later, this is the outcome)