By Stephen Schenck | September 6, 2012 4:16 PM
Apple’s got a habit of announcing new lower-end hardware alongside its cutting-edge gear; back around when the iPhone 4S first came out, we learned of a new 8GB version of the iPhone 4. A new rumor suggests that history will repeat itself, and the announcement of the iPhone 5 will accompany a similar re-shuffling of older iPhone models.
Supposedly, Apple would finally drop the 8GB 3GS as its lowest-end model, replacing it with the already-available 8GB iPhone 4. That part’s not hard to believe at all, considering the age of the 3GS and its current level of software support. Apple might also introduce another small step up from that model, creating a new 8GB version of the 4S, as well.
What we’re curious about, and these rumors don’t address, is what kind of ports might this new hardware feature; will we see more 30-pin connectors, or will Apple take the opportunity to usher-in its new, smaller dock even with this previous-gen hardware?