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iPhones running iOS 3.1.3 or earlier cannot access the App Store, no comment from Apple yet

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iPhones running iOS 3.1.3 or earlier cannot access the App Store, no comment from Apple yet
If you are still holding on to an older iPhone model – one running iOS version 3.1.3 or earlier, in particular, you may have noticed that something with your smartphone is not quite as it should be. We are talking about the inability to access the App Store directly from the device, which is an issue that has already spawned a long thread on the Apple Support Communities board.

The problem arose right after a software update was pushed out on December 16. Strangely, app updates seem to work fine, according to a number of user reports, yet downloading new ones is possible only after connecting the smartphone to a computer with iTunes.

iPhones running iOS 3.1.3 or earlier cannot access the App Store, no comment from Apple yet
Apple has yet to comment on the issue, so it is still unclear whether the company has decided to drop support for older iPhones, or is simply having technical difficulties of some kind. In the meantime, check with Apple support if you are having similar troubles, and do not hesitate telling us about your experience in the comment section below.


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posted on 20 Dec 2011, 06:50 5

1. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I bet it's the former...

Another dirty trick to force anyone with an iPhone 2G to upgrade.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 06:56 5

2. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


iphone is more fragmented than android devices

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:12 7

3. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


That's not true.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:14 2

4. p0rkguy (Posts: 683; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


It might not be true due to the fact that Apple is just slapping version numbers onto their devices without actually receiving the full benefits of that version.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:49 1

12. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Have you one of your usual link, hunter ? Lol

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:41 1

15. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


for general knowledge no

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 12:39 3

24. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


hunter, where is taco ? you killed him ?

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 12:23 2

23. EclipseGSX (limited) (Posts: 1587; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


haha stupid Apple, bunch of corrupt bastards

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:27 3

5. erwiin.blf90 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


I tried right away when I saw this article online on my old iPhone 2G, and yes, AppStore no longer works on my device. I guess it's a closing time for iOS 3.1.3, and my iPhone as well...

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:32 3

7. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


How old is your iphone 2G?

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:56 2

9. erwiin.blf90 (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)


based on the previous owner, it's 4 years old already, but it's been with me since earlier this year

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:29 3

6. Andman314 (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


That's Apples was of making more money from apples fan people. Its time for apple people to upgrade!!!! lol that is why i love google!!

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 07:53 5

8. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


And when was the last time your T-Mobile G1 ever recieved any support.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:46 3

16. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


As far as I know (and I could be wrong) all Android phones still have access to the market...

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:28 2

26. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


not to all the apps... good luck running Froyo as well

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:30 3

27. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


You are somehow dumber than taco...

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 17:32

29. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


wow.. those are harsh words... man... i know I am at least smarter than Patrick StarFish... I dont know about a taco... what kind of taco is it?..

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:11 4

10. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


May be Tmobile G-1 didn't received latest updates from google, but atleast Marketplace is working fine on it and users can upgrade to custom ROM's......... Is there anything like custom ios 4.0/4.1/4.3/5.0 ROM's for first nd second genration idevices.......???

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:57 1

13. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Can you run those fancy Tegra games on your G1?

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:59 6

14. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


yes, they would be horribly slow, but you can, using chainfire 3D,
canu run infinity blade on iphone 2G? no.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:47 3

17. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


@droidberry- Idiot.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 08:22 5

11. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


iTunes, the most annoying program I've ever used is still there for them to download apps from.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 10:01 5

18. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Apple commented on this subject:

"Update to a new iphone and you wouldn't have this issue."

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 11:51 1

22. Phonecall01 (Posts: 123; Member since: 02 Apr 2009)


Ha ha !! Awesome. Well said

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 10:26 1

19. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


ha ha!

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 11:03 2

20. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 257; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


first they rolled out a software update that bricked up the old phones. then just for those who still didnt upgrade (like my gf) they did this as an added measure.

way to go apple. sneaky little angel of a company you... a devil in sheeps clothing.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 11:42 1

21. cncrim (Posts: 501; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Interesting.... original Iphone need to updgrade.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:05 2

25. kcombs (Posts: 246; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


I think if your iPhone is still running 3.1.3 you need a new phone.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 13:42 1

28. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


is weird that they talk about Apple wanting to upgrade when they only released ONE model a year as opposed..hmmm lets just say Robo ( dont want to ignite a fire) thats releases a new model every 2 weeks ( by the time you read my comment a new "robo" handset has been relased)... bottom line Apple is the best on upgrades thats why they released a redesign every 2 years...

posted on 23 Dec 2011, 16:01

30. roscuthiii (Posts: 1801; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It just wor...

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