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AirPlay missing from iPhone 3G

updated 05:45 pm EST, Mon November 22, 2010

Phone increasingly excluded from iOS 4 features

The iPhone 3G is indeed going without support for AirPlay, one of iOS 4.2.1's most critical features, Apple disclaimers confirm. AirPlay compatibility exists for almost all other iOS devices, such as the iPad and the second-generation iPod touch. The 3G is the oldest Apple device capable of running any incarnation of iOS 4.

AirPlay lets iOS users push music, photos and videos to an Apple TV or another piece of compatible hardware. Its absence from the final iteration of iOS 4.2.1 for the iPhone 3G is notable mainly because the option was present in some pre-release firmware, suggesting that it was pulled as a last-minute decision. Apple has however increasingly marginalized the 3G in firmware updates. Aside from lacking support for features like AirPlay and multitasking, the 3G has also been denied access to some less intensive iOS 4 components, such as Game Center and even homescreen wallpapers.

by MacNN Staff



  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Aside from lacking support for features like AirPlay and multitasking, the 3G has also been denied access to some less intensive iOS 4 components, such as Game Center and even homescreen wallpapers."

    and the free Find my iPhone option without any technical reason, just to s**** people... I understand certain features can't run on a 3G for speed reason, but *&?%, this one works on a 3G.. if you pay for MobileMe...

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Time for iPhone 3G users to start upgrading...

    The iPhone 3G was introduced in June 2008 so apparently users have had two good years with it. I'm not trying to be sarcastic or anything, but there are Android users who are getting shafted with a little over a year of use and not being upgraded, so its not like Apple is the only evil company. Two years is the life of a typical carrier contract so it's not as though iPhone 3G users are getting completely shafted. There has to be a practical cutoff point where certain features aren't supported by older hardware. Besides Apple needs more money to increase the size of its war chest in case Steve needs to acquire some key company. It appears that iPhone 3G users will need to purchase some new hardware if they want to roll with the big boys. h***, I figure consumers would be just itchin' for an excuse to move to the latest hardware.

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Buy used, go T-Mobile

    Apple's getting a reputation for not supporting mobile hardware as soon as their lucrative subsidies run out. Wallpapers aren't something that requires fast hardware nor is the ability to multi-task music. Even a first-generation iPhone could multi-task iTunes.

    The presence of AirPlay on prerelease versions of iOS 4.2 suggests this is also not a hardware issue. It's the bean counters at Apple playing nasty and trying to force us into a pricey ($2000 with service fees) upgrade.

    I'm not going to play that game. Rather than see what I buy quickly obsoleted, I'm buying my mobile devices used and unlocking them for T-Mobile, saving quite a bit of money. The bean counters won't be counting my beans.

  1. facebook_Zholy

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Nov 2010



    Upgraded APPLE TV to 4.1 and downloading 4.2.1 for iPad. It will make it alot more useful. I'm really looking forward to seeing a review on how well Air Play works and what apps exactly are allowed to use Air Play.
    Free Apple TV Video Converter:

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Doesn't your iPhone 3G... everything it did when you bought it (and a little more)?

    I know mine does.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Only problem...

    Only problem with my 3G is the audio has failed. I got the iPhone 4 because of this issue. It now serves as a mobile info device for my brother who does not have a computer proper.

    - A

  1. appleuzr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stop whining...

    What do 3G owners expect? Look at all the c*** Apple got when they released 4.0 and it, according to all the class actions, "intentionally" slowed the phones to a halt. Apple's diabolical plan to push everyone into an iPhone 4 worked right? No. If I was Steve, I would have left certain things out of the upgrade for the 3G. Some people might complain, but more will complain when they can't get the features to work. This ends up costing Apple time and money trying to put a positive PR spin on it for the media.

    Eventually your hardware will become incompatible with OS upgrades. Get over it.

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    3G critics

    I had read the comments about the users that have an iPhone 3G. I myself have an iPhone 3G, and I like to have support, without the ridiculous solution of buy a new one if the two year device does not work any more. If is intended that a hardware just work for a max of two years then I must agree with the critics to iPhone 3G users, but I never read anything of a two years limitation support. Neither I think Apple is doing that.

    I think the main reason Apple is limiting access to some features is because of hardware performance limitations and battery life. Been a 3G user, I must agree that between have a new feature with performance cost and having the device working fast without a new feature, I prefer my device working fast and with longer battery life.

    I think the better for Apple customer service, is give a rational reason why the new features do not come for iPhone 3G, and by doing that, end the doubts of some iPhone 3G users.

    And for the critics, an advice, be more constructive to explain things and less what ever Apple says is God word. In this case, I think to understand Apple limitations motives for the 3G, and I agree with them, as I explain.

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Performance iOS 4.2.1 on the 3G?

    One question: How is this iOS version working on 3G? Good performance and no crashes?

    If anyone can give me feedback, I will be very grateful!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I thought this was announced/known weeks/months ago. Sounds like a re-hash.

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