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iOS 5 won't run on iPhone 3GS, rumor claims

updated 05:10 pm EDT, Tue May 24, 2011

May be consistent with patterns of obsolescence

iOS 5 won't run on 2009's iPhone 3GS, claims analyst and Mobile Review editor Eldar Murtazin. "Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3Gs wont be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will," he explains in a Twitter post. While there are no more statements to support the rumor, Murtazin has in the past obtained unexpectedly accurate information, such as early knowledge of the Nokia N8. Since a preview is anticipated at WWDC in early June, iOS 5 could be far enough into development for specifications to leak.

Apple has reportedly been testing iOS 5 on the 3GS and third-generation iPod touch. The company may have decided that iOS 5 doesn't run fast or well enough on 2009 devices though, and a two-year gap is roughly consistent with Apple's recent patterns of planned obsolescence. Support for the original iPhone was dropped with iOS 4 in summer 2010, and the iPhone 3G and second-gen Touch were abandoned when iOS 4.3 was released earlier this year.

iOS 5 may also be especially resource-intensive. The firmware is expected to be a major revision, potentially changing fundamentally in character to support things like cloud streaming. Another target area is thought to be push notifications.




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  1. danangdoc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    DEAL BREAKER

    Sorry Apple, but after all the Mac models I had to buy in order to run the "latest". OS, I'm ending it with my 3GS, which is just barely a year old. At contracts end, it will be a dumb phone and the 3GS becomes my new " iPod ". Fine - I get most data over various wifi anyway. But i'm not getting sucked into iPhone 4, 5, or 6. $199 every 2 years? Bull! Same with the iPad. The original one won't support OS upgrades in 2012 when the iPad-3 comes out, right? The "halo" is now tarnished.

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    Dear DB

    (pardon my rant in reply, folks)

    1. Apple has ALWAYS only supported the two most recent iterations of the iPhone with any new iOS.

    2. This smartphone business that Apple kickstarted is still relatively new and is growing to grow by leaps and bounds a while longer. I know if I had a choice between holding back innovation to support another older model, or pressing ahead, I'd choose the latter.

    3. You bought a phone that was *already over 3 years old* and *discounted*

    4. Most Android phones so far are LUCKY if they get even a mid-cycle upgrade

    and now the clincher ...

    4. Your iPhone 3GS, and I cannot stress this enough, *will not magically stop working once a new iOS comes out.* Should I repeat that? You're just P.O.ed that this new iOS, that if by some miracle could be made to run on your old phone (the same old one I'm still on BTW), would be slower than what you have now. This new iOS that you have NO idea what it'll do yet.

    *sigh*

    And did it ever occur to you that if you wait a while longer you can probably get an iPhone 4 discounted the same way you got your 3GS? Or that if you really cared about having the latest and greatest you would have gotten a freakin' iPhone 4 to begin with?

    (end rant)

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Not a huge deal.

    All the basic features you could want are already in the latest version of iOS. Multitasking, copy and paste. Anything else would just slow the phone down.

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  1. facebook_Clarence

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    Joined: May 2011

    -10

    2 years

    That's not a long time to support your products, Apple.

    Now here's a better idea. Jailbreak that iPhone 3GS and install Android on it. Now you've got something better than the iPhone 5.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Re: Dear DB

    1. Apple has ALWAYS only supported the two most recent iterations of the iPhone with any new iOS.

    What Apple has done is not indicative of what they will do. No one knows what Apple may or may not support, mainly because Apple never tells anyone what they're policies are.

    2. This smartphone business that Apple kickstarted is still relatively new and is growing to grow by leaps and bounds a while longer. I know if I had a choice between holding back innovation to support another older model, or pressing ahead, I'd choose the latter.

    How is supporting an older model "holding back innovation"? Oh, right, because Apple is a small company and can't afford to do both.

    3. You bought a phone that was *already over 3 years old* and *discounted*

    Apple is still selling this phone right now. While the iPhone literati know the history and lifespan of all Apple products ever produced, your average customer looking at phones isn't necessarily going to know. And he didn't buy a three year old phone. As he stated, he bought it last year. At best he bought a one year old phone that is now two years old.

    Your argument is, apparently, that the iPhone 3GS was nothing different than the iPhone 2G (the only way his phone could have been three years old when he bought it)?

    And what do you mean by 'discounted'? No iPhone is discounted. Apple doesn't play the discount game.

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