updated 12:15 pm EDT, Mon April 12, 2010
Sets precedent for obsoleting hardware
Apple will no longer be providing firmware updates for the first-generation iPhone, released in June 2007, says CEO Steve Jobs. The company recently announced iPhone 4.0, a major summer firmware update that will introduce elements like folders and multitasking. Not only is this code being kept off of the first-gen iPhone, an e-mail from Jobs reveals, but Apple is effectively halting any future software support for the device.
iPhone 4.0 is the first version of Apple's touchscreen OS -- aside from the iPad-only v3.2 -- to deliberately omit compatibility with an earlier device. While some Apple handhelds do not support all features of the platform, even iPhone 3.x can be installed on any iPhone or iPod touch. With v4.0 Apple will also provide just partial functionality for the iPhone 3G and second-generation Touch, closing off multitasking.