Wednesday’s iPhone 5 unveiling marked the birth of a bunch of new products from Apple, but it also came with some product deaths as well.

One of these is of the iPhone 3GS, which has passed into the world of gadget obsolescence, an Apple spokesperson confirmed to AllThingsD today. Apple’s smartphone lineup is now officially the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5.

Introduced at WWDC in June 2009, the third-generation iPhone survived two follow-up iterations of the iPhone, and saw four generations of iOS.

While the 3GS can be upgraded to iOS 6, the device isn’t capable of running all of the operating system’s features. This makes its discontinuation not only unsurprising but inevitable as well.

In its place as Apple’s entry-level smartphone is the iPhone 4, which is free on contract from AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.

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