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Apple iPhone 3G 8, 16 GB Specs

Identifiers: iPhone 3G - MB046LL/A* - iPhone1,2 - A1241 - 2347*

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Apple iPhone 3GMuch like the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G combines mobile phone, iPod, and Internet functionality -- although the iPhone 3G most notably adds 3G (UMTS/HSDPA - 850, 1900, 2100 MHz, 3.6 Mbps) support and GPS functionality.

The iPhone 3G features the same 3.5" display with 320x480 resolution at 163 ppi, but uses a slightly thicker case -- .02 of an inch -- with either a black or white plastic back -- rather than aluminum like the original model. It includes 8 GB or 16 GB of storage (white model only available with 16 GB), support for Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and an intergrated 2.0 megapixel camera that supports "geotagging".

Apple reports that the iPhone 3G provides "up to" 24 hours of audio playback, 10 hours of talk time on 2G, 5 hours of talk time on 3G, 5 hours of Internet use on 3G, 6 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, 7 hours of video playback and 300 hours of standby time.

The iPhone 3G uses the same "multi-touch" interface, as well as accelerometer, ambient light, and proximity sensor capabilities as the original model, although it has two proximity sensors compared to one in the original.

Also see:

  • What are all the differences between the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G?
  • What are all the differences between the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS?

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June 9, 2008 June 7, 2010*
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" generally refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

*On June 8, 2009, Apple discontinued the 16 GB model but continued to sell the 8 GB model for US$99 for new AT&T Wireless customers with a two-year contract. It was discontinued entirely on June 7, 2010.

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2008.
1 135
Details: Geekbench 2 provides 32-bit benchmarks for iOS models. This number is an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all Geekbench 2 user submissions for devices with the iPhone1,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, please see EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
N/A N/A
Details: The Geekbench 3 benchmark does not support this iPhone. Geekbench benchmarks numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPhone1,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iComparison.
412 MHz Samsung ARM 11*
Details: *Apple provides no information regarding the iPhone 3G processor, simply that it is a "closed system", but it uses an Apple branded processor, identified as a Samsung ARM 11 (SoC) that is downclocked to 412 MHz. For graphics, it uses a PowerVR MBX-Lite graphics processor.

For more information, please refer to the disassembly guide from iFixit.
128 MB* 8, 16 GB
Details: *Apple provides no information regarding the RAM used in the iPhone 3G, but software analysis has confirmed that it has 128 MB onboard like its predecessor.
N/A* N/A*
Details: *Apple does not provide an official estimate for the number of songs, photos, and videos that the iPhone can occupy. However, after the operating system and formatting are accounted for, the original 8 GB model has roughly 7.25 GB available and the original 16 GB model has roughly 15.3 GB available.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The iPhone does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer, although third-party solutions are available. It does not support Firewire.

Also see: Can you "beam" music, photos, and videos between iPhones? Can you "beam" data files between iPhones? Does the iPhone support "disk mode" when connected to a computer?
USB Dock, Headphone
Details: N/A
Handheld iPhone 3G
Details: N/A
Black & White* Multi-touch
Details: *The 8 GB configuration has a black glass front and a black plastic back, and the 16 GB configuration has a black glass front and choice of black or white plastic back.

The patented "multi-touch" interface allows one to control the functions of the system by dragging one or more fingers across the display.

Also see: How does the iPhone "multi-touch" interface work? Who developed the "multi-touch" interface originally?
3.5" Color 320x480 (163 ppi)
Details: The iPhone has a 3.5" 320 by 480 display (163 ppi).

In the US, site sponsor Mission Repair offers free diagnosis of hardware problems and 24-hour repairs for cracked displays as well as dead batteries, broken buttons, and more for this iPhone.

For those interested in do-it-yourself repair, Mission Repair sells quality upgrade kits and parts for this iPhone, too.

In the UK, site sponsor Mobile Ease provides affordable and guaranteed 24-hour repairs for cracked screens as well as battery replacement, water damage repair and more for this iPhone.
802.11b/g* 2.0+EDR
Details: *The iPhone 3G also supports 3G (UMTS/HSDPA - 3.6 Mbps) and GSM/EDGE networks.

Also see: What is 3G? How much faster is 3G than EDGE in real-world tests?
2G/3G* 2.0 Megapixels**
Details: *The iPhone 3G supports both 3G (UMTS/HSDPA -- 850, 1900, 2100 MHz - 3.6 Mbps) and GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) networks.

**The iPhone 3G camera supports geotagging -- the location of a photograph is automatically noted using the integrated GPS module.
Lithium Ion 24 Hours
Details: N/A
5-10 Hours* 300 Hours
Details: *Apple reports that the iPhone 3G provides "up to" 24 hours of audio playback, 10 hours of talk time on 2G, 5 hours of talk time on 3G, 5 hours of Internet use on 3G, 6 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, 7 hours of video playback and 300 hours of standby time.

Also see: How does the battery life of the iPhone 3G compare to the original iPhone in real-world tests? Can you replace the battery in the iPhone 3G?
MB046LL/A* iPhone 3G
Details: *MB046LL/A refers to the 8 GB configuration in black, MB048LL refers to the 16 GB configuration in black and MB499LL refers to the 16 GB configuration in white.
A1241 (EMC 2347*) iPhone1,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the device so it cannot be used readily for identification.

Also see: All iPhones with the A1241 Model Number, the 2347* EMC Number, and the iPhone1,2 Model Identifier.
OS X 2.0 (5A345)* iOS 4.2**
Details: *Apple originally just said that the iPhone 3G runs "OS X" and did not release version information. Please note that this is not the same as MacOS X. On March 17, 2009, upon unveiling a developer's preview of the third version of the operating system, Apple started referring to it as the "iPhone OS" and on June 7, 2010, again changed the name to simply "iOS".

**This model is capable of running iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 but some features, such as multitasking, are not supported. It is not compatible with iOS 4.3 or later versions of the operating system.
4.5 x 2.4 x 0.48 4.7 oz. (133 g)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm).
Mac OS X 10.4.10 Windows XP SP2/Vista
Details: Apple reports that the iPhone 3G is compatible with a "Mac computer with a USB 2.0 port, MacOS X v10.4.10 or later, and iTunes 7.7 or later."

It is compatible with a "PC with a USB 2.0 port, Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, and iTunes 7.7 or later."
Apple reports that the iPhone 3G supports "AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 1, 2, and 3), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."
Apple does not formally specify photo formats for the iPhone 3G. The Safari web browser, however, supports JPG, GIF, and TIFF images, and the iPod function of the iPhone 3G supports images synchronized from iTunes.
Apple reports that the iPhone 3G supports "H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; H.264 video, up to 768 Kbps, 320 by 240 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats."
Ships with a "stereo headset with mic, dock connector to USB cable, [a new, tiny] USB power adapter, documentation, cleaning/polishing cloth, and a SIM ejector tool".
US$199, US$299* US$75-US$150
Details: *The 8 GB model, available only in black, originally was US$199, while the 16 GB model, available in black or white, originally was US$299 with a two-year contract from AT&T Wireless. On June 8, 2009, Apple discontinued the 16 GB configuration but continued to sell the 8 GB configuration for US$99 for new AT&T Wireless customers with a two-year contract. Non-qualified customers had to pay US$499.

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Global original prices for the iPhone 3G in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.

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Original Prices - North America

C$199, C$299* US$199, US$299*

Original Prices - Europe

N/A 525, 615
DKK 1,399, 1,999* 159, 245
149, 199* 169, 249*
169, 299* 199, 269*
80, 160* NOK 1.399, 2.268*
299, 389* 299, 359*
SEK 1.695, 2.495* CHF 199, 299
99, 159*

Original Prices - Asia

N/A HK$5,388, HK$6,288
23,040, 34,560* S$698, S$848*
N/A

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$279, A$399* N/A



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