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Death Knell for iPhone 3GS? Apple Demands Retina Display Optimized Apps

It would appear that one of the old favourite iPhone handsets will soon be hanging up its boots, after Apple asked that developers send screenshots of their apps with Retina Display resolution or higher.

"When you create or update your apps in iTunes Connect, you must upload screenshots that are high-resolution. We require your screenshots as high-resolution images so that your app is optimized for the Retina display," Apple requested.

Many draw a single conclusion from this request: Apple intends to kill the older non-retina iPhone 3GS, when the sixth generation iPhone (5) hits the market. Production of the 3-year-old iPhone, which is currently available on carrier contracts for free, would therefore be terminated, Cult of Mac reports.

The Retina Display resolution, 960 x 540 pixels, is featured in iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and latest iPod touch. The old timer iPhone 3GS has a display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, and apparently it's heading towards extinction.

More specifically, Apple has asked developers to upload to iTunes screenshots of their apps with the following requirements: "960 x 640, 960 x 600, 640 x 960, or 640 x 920 pixels. Images must be at least 72 dpi, in the RGB color space, and the file must be .jpeg, .jpg, .tif, .tiff, or .png. You can update your screenshot files at any time in iTunes Connect."

This would make sense to drop the 3GS, since having three handsets concurrently would match Apple's present strategy, with the iPhone 4 being the new 'low-end' model, and the iPhone 5 (we think this time) the new top dog.

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.