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If you (like one of our editors) just bought an iPhone a few months ago, you probably weren't too excited at the announcement that Apple is releasing the new—cheaper!—iPhone. If you just mastered your iPod or aren't yet a Mac convert, perhaps the new iPhone will be what brings you over to the dark side.
Mark your calendars because the release date is July 11th! It's an upgraded version from the last release and—here's the real kicker—it's a lot cheaper! $199 is the going rate these days for an 8-gigabyte 3G iPhone as opposed to its initial release at $599. You can also get the 16-gigabyte model if you need more room and that will run you $299. Even still, it's a far cry from the original model's price.
The new 3G model will be sleeker than the original with some new applications and features. The battery will last longer, the internet will be quicker, and the GPS is supposed to work better. Whether or not these applications do as they're supposed to in the real world tests remains to be seen, but Apple promises to give Sprint's Instinct a run for its money. The only drawback is that users still have to accept a two-year contract with AT&T.
So, are you going to jump on the 3G iPhone bandwagon? [New York Times]