Apple’s iPhone 3GS is still proving to be popular after being on the market for over two years.

New numbers coming from the notoriously questionable DigiTimes suggest that Apple could see its iPhone 3GS production top the 2 millon mark during the fourth quarter of 2011. Those are stellar figures for a handset that is not one, but two generations old.

The news comes as further reports claim Apple is set to sell around 30 million iPhones during the holiday season…

“…production of iPhone 3GS has continued steadily with the volume likely to reach two million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 1.4-1.6 million units in the first quarter of 2012.”

While the very strong demand for the new iPhone 4S will be partly to thank for those mind-boggling numbers, the impact of the entry-level iPhone 3GS and 8GB iPhone 4 should not be underplayed.

In a market that is flooded with cheap Android smartphones, Apple’s presence at such a low price point (about $1) is crucial to the growth of the platform as a whole. Yes, selling premium handsets is all well and good, but it is at the lower end of the scale where the really big numbers start to rack up.

Which iPhone was your most recent purchase, and why? We’d love to know if you picked up a free iPhone 3GS recently, or whether the 8GB iPhone 4 was the sweet spot for you.

  • Anonymous

    I think most of Apple devices’ advantages are lost with a two-year old device such as the 3GS. The lack of support with many apps (Apple’s biggest pro), sluggish OS performance, and all-around non-Apple experience that comes with an old phone should be massively deterring factors when thinking about buying this phone, especially with the almost 3 times as fast 4S out. And don’t forget, while you’re paying less up front, you’re paying full-price (or very well near it) on the monthly subscription part of the deal.

    • Jon Garrett

      Its cheap. people who didn’t have one when it came out might still want it. I agree though with what you said but hey, if it sells. sell it.

    • The wife new 3GS was free and the cost per month £20..cheap..as for sluggish that’s a no ..and apps that have been downloaded all work …please tell me one that doesn’t..

      • Anonymous

        They work, but do they work well? No. It’s shocking when Jetpack Joyride, a supposedly non-taxing game, lags whenever I start it up because it’s optimized for a dual-core device and also lags if it’s doing anything in the background, such as connecting to GameCenter or updating achievements. Then you have games like Infinity Blade 2; now that almost physically hurts to play. It doesn’t have random framerate drops (besides when when updating GameCenter), but the framerate is very slow overall; no where near the fluidity you get with a 4S.

        You don’t feel “the sluggish” on the main screen; you see it in the internet browser (alongside the occasional crashing), while scrolling through lists in the settings menu, while updating mail, browsing pictures, videos, and sometimes even music; really, anything that requires the phone to do work; then the whole “smooth” interface falls apart. It wasn’t this way years ago, but now iOS is optimized for dual-core, and even the iPhone 4 has fallen to the wayside in terms of the OS performance (though not nearly as much as the 3GS).

        I’m not saying it’s a bad purchase, by any means; it’s a great purchase especially for the price; however, it doesn’t fit Apple’s way of doing things. Apple products usually come with an unspoken assurance that you’re going to get a quality device with constant updates and (app) support for the next two years at least, and indefinitely beyond that; be it with their Mac, iOS, or iPod line, Apple products exude quality. But by trying to target this “cheap” line of consumers, they’ve lost that intangible quality that makes them “Apple.” Not to mention most consumers that haven’t gotten an iPhone before didn’t do so because of the high contract price (read: most), but because it’s on contract, and Apple has yet to target that cheap, off-contract market.

      • Not got time at the mo to leave a full reply ..about to go home…you say about apple giving updates…thay have for the last 2 years on the 3GS …yes it coming to the end of its life…but it’s still a great phone ..I should know I had one..until I upgraded to a i4s..I ran ios 5 on and I had no problems at all no sluggish pornlems at all..ran sooth..as for the app no probs …yes the games are getting more taxing on the device..but than again it’s a phone and will always be ..to play games of a high quality on a phone you will in the end have a few bumps along to way…and as the games get better and better the older device will suffer…but then again it’s a phone

      • Just thought of this on the way home…your comparing a 3GS to a i4s , so yes it will feel sluggish..,just like if you compare a iPhone to a 3GS , the iPhone will feel sluggish…the i4s is the fastest iPhone yet..

      • My daughter loves her’s. She hasn’t questioned the speed and it does all she wants. For her it’s not a comparison with the 4GS but her old phone, and she loves it like I first did the ver 1.

        Having said that I compare it to my 4GS so find it no where near as good. It’s a great strategy in my opinion to have both options.

      • My daughter loves her’s. She hasn’t questioned the speed and it does all she wants. For her it’s not a comparison with the 4GS but her old phone, and she loves it like I first did the ver 1.

        Having said that I compare it to my 4GS so find it no where near as good. It’s a great strategy in my opinion to have both options.

      • My daughter loves her’s. She hasn’t questioned the speed and it does all she wants. For her it’s not a comparison with the 4GS but her old phone, and she loves it like I first did the ver 1.

        Having said that I compare it to my 4GS so find it no where near as good. It’s a great strategy in my opinion to have both options.

      • My daughter loves her’s. She hasn’t questioned the speed and it does all she wants. For her it’s not a comparison with the 4GS but her old phone, and she loves it like I first did the ver 1.

        Having said that I compare it to my 4GS so find it no where near as good. It’s a great strategy in my opinion to have both options.

  • Grand theft auto III is not ment to be compatable with the 3gs. and that sucks

  • Anonymous

    Many people who have never owned a smartphone are great cadidates for the 3GS. It is a huge bump up from their crappy old dumbphones. Until those users become familiar and comfortable with a 3GS there isn’t a huge need to go to a 4S, unless their budget allows or are enthusiasts like most of us on this blog.

  • Anonymous

    I dumped my 3GS for an iPhone 4, but it’s great to hear it’s doing just fine :’)

  • I’m wondering why only 8Gb of 3GS not 16gb or 32gb? It must be great. I’m still happy with my 32gb 3GS. No lag for small games. Flawless.

  • Before i own my current iPhone 4, i used to use a few phones from Sony and Samsung.
    Apple has proved, in my sense, that it deserves the word “SMART” phone – app stores, iTune and iCloud 🙂