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iOS 5 Will Not Support iPhone 3GS?

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Eldar Murtazin, editor-in-chief of Russian mobile phone blog Mobile-Review, reports via Twitter that iOS 5 will not be compatible with the iPhone 3GS.

Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3Gs wont be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will.

At this time, the statement is unverified. However, Apple is known to drop support for older models of iOS devices.

When Apple released iOS 4 in June 2010, the software was compatible with the iPhone 3G/3GS/4, but some of the features only worked in a limited capacity, or not at all, on the 3G/3GS.

Eventually Apple cut support for the iPhone 3G altogether, allowing users to update as far as iOS 4.2.1. With the next iPhone due this year, it seems that iPhone 3GS owner will have their updates capped at iOS 4.3.3.

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  • Aw, c’mon! Say it ain’t so. I’m quite content with my 3GS, and have absolutely no need to upgrade to shinier, newer model. it’s only 3 years old – really considered obsolete? it calls, and does other things, and that’s all I need from a phone.

  • Anonymous

    if its not going to be supported apple will have to allow users to continue with there current Os, no more of this you cant restore dues to a newer update out crap.
    i think the when 4.0 came out screwed over the 3g, slowed it down soo much and didnt even have all the features that made it worth while, but wouldnt allow a restore to 3.3

  • Vazandrew

    You just can’t upgrade the software if they drop support for the next ios, you can still use it the way you have been.

  • Melodeyl

    If Apple is going to leave my 3G in the dust, then they shouldn’t allow Canadian companies to force 3 yr contracts on us. The American providers only have 2 yr max contracts but we were not given the option of even paying more for the phone in order to have that same 2 yrs.

  • Melodeyl

    If Apple is going to leave my 3G in the dust, then they shouldn’t allow Canadian companies to force 3 yr contracts on us. The American providers only have 2 yr max contracts but we were not given the option of even paying more for the phone in order to have that same 2 yrs.

  • Anonymous

    that is precicely why you’re allowed to upgrade early within the first few months of an iphone release. and the 3 yr contract you sign, you are eligable within 2 yrs to upgrade (assuming u sign back on for 3 yrs). you can also upgrade early and pay the fee. so what you’re saying isnt necessarily true.

  • TK

    Not sure if I have this right but some family members recently went for the free 3gs with Telus on contract   3 years (?)..or is it 2..  Anyway if no longer supported does that include security fixes?

    Wouldn’t be fun wondering how secure my phone was over a entire 3 year term. 

  • Anonymous

    Stop posting unsubstantiated rumors as fact.  Because one guy in Russia tweets it doesn’t make it real.  

  • Don

    Exactly, you took the words right out of mouth. While yes it does suck that us Canadians have 3 year contracts, but most phone companies (Rogers, Telus and Bell) allow customers to upgrade within 2 years and sometimes for the iPhone every year. So there is no reason why you (Melodyl) can’t upgrade your ancient iPhone 3G.

  • MyAnonymous

    LOL!   Like others have said, do a HUP.  Or sell off your old ancient 3G and buy an iPhone 4 outright on Craigs.  I sold off my 3GS on Craigs and bought a like-new iPhone 4 for only $50 more.

  • MrAnonymous

    Anything over a year is considered “obsolete”.  3 years old is practically stone-age technology.  Time to upgrade, and get in with the times old-timer.

  • Don

    I’m sure all that Apple will add to iOS 5 will be stuff you can already do when jailbroken and the 3GS is still a more than capable phone to handle those features.

  • Anonymous

    *receives call from iPhone 2G :(*

  • Kevinmatthewroach

    I understand why some 3G/3GS owners feel upset, but really? Other phones are the same story. I’m willing to bet a lot of Android phones don’t get an annual upgrade with a long list of great features. It’s simply hardware limitation. The old stuff can’t handle the peformance demands of the newer iOS.

  • Normyd

    3GS isn’t that much slower than a 4. Only thing I miss I’d the ability to wifi tether. But that’s what jailbreaking is for.

  • Anonymous

    Read the whole article before posting ignorance:

    “At this time, the statement is unverified. “

  • Laserboy2

    IF true, it’s not fair as I can’t upgrade for 24 months.  I took out my iPhone 3GS contract at the end of March 2010 so I can’t upgrade until March 2012 through Bell. 

  • Anonymous

    I did read the whole post and while they did qualify the statement as unverified they continued to go on as if it was holy writ.  The final statement is posted more like what “WILL” happen instead of what “MAY” happen.  “With the next iPhone due this year, it seems that iPhone 3GS owner will have their updates capped at iOS 4.3.3.”
    I know how to read.  The fact that I have to spell out my conclusion for you shows who’s ignorant here.  Maybe you should try criticizing without being insulting.  Normally I do, but this time I’m returning rudeness with rudeness.
    Have a nice day.

  • Casey Callaghan

    When it’s not supported, no more updates will be released for it, and that includes security updates.

  • Anonymous

    I stand by my original statement that you post ignorance and your most recent post only justifies it. Please read the below sentence you used as an argument:

    “With the next iPhone due this year, it seems that iPhone 3GS owner will have their updates capped at iOS 4.3.3.”

    Please take note of the word “seems” which does not imply fact. You may have perceived it as fact however it does not.

  • Michael

    That’s assuming he wants to stay with his current provider. Maybe he wants to shop around for his next contract and his next phone. He’s stuck in a 3 year contract with a phone that’s out of date and no longer supported by the manufacturer. The phone you have should at least be supported for the length of your contract (if bought at launch).

  • Anonymous

    I have a much bigger problem with you calling me ignorant than I have with you disagreeing with my perception of the original post.  This is an iPhone forum. There’s no need to insult people for how they interpret a post.  There’s nothing life threatening about any of the information posted here so take it down a notch.  There’s a pretty good chance that the information in the original post will turn out to be wrong anyway so what’s the big deal?  Peace.

  • Anonymous

    You are the one making a big deal … Read all my posts … Did I once call you ignorant? The answer is no.

    I said you post ignorance … A VERY big difference! And I’m not wrong in doing so since you were commenting on your perception of what the author was writing and not in fact what was written.

    I never insulted you personally and I’m sorry if you perceived it that way.

  • Bertman813

    Well it wouldn’t make sence for apple to do that, when they are still selling the 3GS model!!!

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