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iPhone 3G absent from iOS 4.2 AirPlay support

updated 10:50 am EST, Fri November 12, 2010

Initially promised for all devices

AirPlay support is missing on iPhone 3Gs running the iOS 4.2 gold master, a report notes. The option is supposed to appear in playback menus on iPhones, iPods and iPads, and let users push audio or video content to another compatible device, namely the Apple TV. Apple's own website states that the technology should work with "all iOS 4 devices," including the iPhone 3G.

Developer sources and earlier versions of iOS 4.2 are said to confirm that AirPlay was working on the 3G at one point. Why Apple would change its mind is unknown, but Apple may have come to the conclusion that the feature would not run well enough on the 3G's slower processor and small amount of RAM. Performance is why neither the 3G nor the second-generation iPod touch support homescreen wallpapers.

The 3G has long had performance problems with iOS 4, rendering devices upgraded from v3.x difficult to use. One lawsuit is even accusing Apple of deliberately crippling the phone to push people to new hardware. iOS 4.2 is, however, reported to make the device much more usable.

by MacNN Staff



  1. delete

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rehashed Video

    Please actually do some research before you post that one video of someone using 4.2 on a 3G phone. It shows absolutely nothing that a 3G owner wants to see that proves a performance boost, so to keep using it as proof of some sort it misleading.
    I'm amazed how little research is done on Mac info sites vs. just rehashing what other sites post.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple's continuing mistake

    Apple made a serious mistake when it claimed to be offering iOS 4 for the iPhone 3G and 2-gen iPod touch. The fact that they couldn't make an OS who prime selling point was multi-tasking do multi-taking on the two devices should have been a warning. The lawsuit is only one result. Even worse are all those like me who've concluded that Apple isn't to be trusted to support products they were selling only hours before a new iOS release.

    A better option would have been to fork the iOS like they temporarily forked it for the iPad, delaying multi-tasking on the new device. Apple owes continuing support to those who bought those the iPhone 3G and 2-gen touch. It should have continued to enhance a version of iOS 3 for them, adding features that the hardware could handle without creating the sort of mess you get when you install an OS intended for multi-tasking without letting it multi-task.

    iOS 4 on a iPhone 3G is a bit like putting a 400 HP racing engine into an economy subcompact. You might be able to detune the engine so it doesn't rip apart the clutch and transmission, but you've still burdened a small car with a whopping heavy engine. The result is a disaster that could have been avoided for the modest expense of forking iOS for 2-3 years.

  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969


    namely AppleTV?

    or AirPort Express routers, compatible receivers and sound systems...

  1. vallette

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Apple's continuing mistake

    "The result is a disaster that could have been avoided for the modest expense of forking iOS for 2-3 years."

    What disaster? Not fully supporting an obsolete piece of equipment isn't a disaster in fact it's not really even an issue. I doubt very much the class action suit will go anywhere because most users don't seem to care. Just out of curiosity what would you have said if Apple announced the the 3G and 2-gen iPods couldn't be updated? I'm sure that would've resulted in a "disaster" too. I know I don't and I have iOS4 on a 2nd gen iPod.

    The other thing that's always missing from these types of comments is that multi-tasking wasn't the only improvement in the 4.x release. As a developer I can assure you there's plenty of under the hood adds and updates that older hardware can take advantage of.

    I won't bother to comment on your inane analogy.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: namely AppleTV?

    or AirPort Express routers, compatible receivers and sound systems...

    Except the main push behind airplay is video more so than audio. People with AirPort Express are already streaming from their computers, and have no real need to change that to an iPad, with it's limited storage space. Esp. since you can use the Remote app on the iPad to get the stuff on the mac to play.

    And most people will expect Apple to sell more Apple TVs than people buying specialized stereo equipment that support Apple's proprietary protocol.

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