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iOS 5 might not come to the iPhone 3GS

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iOS 5 might not come to the iPhone 3GS
Don't freak out just yet. This is only a rumor. But Eldar Murtazin has tweeted that the iPhone 3GS might not receive the iOS 5 update: "Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3Gs wont be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will."

We could see this going both ways. For one thing, Murtazin could have been conveying the plural form of 'iPhone 3G'. But it would seem odd to compare that directly with the iPhone 4. We think he just neglected to capitalize the 'S'.

For another thing, it would be weird for Apple to withhold the update when they are still actively selling the iPhone 3GS. But, conversely, the iPhone 3GS is a 2 year-old device. And the iOS 4 update dropped support for the original iPhone, and limited its functionality on the iPhone 3G.

While we shouldn't take this as fact, Eldar Murtazin, the editor-in-chief of Mobile-Review, has a pretty solid track record of accurate intel. So what do you think? Will Apple leave recent iPhone 3GS purchasers behind?

source: Twitter via TUAW

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posted on 24 May 2011, 20:14 1

1. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Yeah. Duh. It's an old phone. Upgrading a computer to run software it wasn't originally intended to run is a tricky business. Maybe doable, but as I recall the last major iOS update bricked a significant portion of older iPhones anyway.

posted on 24 May 2011, 22:09 6

8. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

Geez talk about fragmentation!! lolol

posted on 24 May 2011, 20:16 4

2. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

I think he may have been referring to iPhone 3G because I'm The Miz and I'm....AWESOME

posted on 25 May 2011, 10:39 3

21. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)

You're The Douche and you're...GAY

posted on 24 May 2011, 20:34 4

4. KickRocks (Posts: 178; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


posted on 24 May 2011, 20:43 7

6. therygy (Posts: 94; Member since: 24 May 2010)

The iphone 3GS already is laggy with iOS 4 it would barely beable to withstand iOS 5

posted on 24 May 2011, 21:22 1

7. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I believe it. IOS 5 may be optimized for dual core processors but designed with single.core 1ghz in mind as well. The 3GS is definitely yesterdays tech since it has less than a 1ghz arm in it.

posted on 24 May 2011, 23:32

11. messiah (Posts: 438; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)

-1 for arm.

posted on 24 May 2011, 23:34 1

12. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 525; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

how convenient, now everyone with an iphone 3g has to go out and at least get an iphone 4... but knowing ATT (and unfortunately verizon now too) they won't sell the iphone 4 when the 5 comes out... so all those people who don't want to buy off craigslist get to buy brand new phones..... hmmm that's like what? 100,000+ free money from people upgrading their phones just to get the updated OS? not like it's THAT much different from Android in some ways. (don't get me wrong i'm a phandroid all the way. ^^ note the ice cream sandwich icon :o) HOWEVER!!!! Android's fragmentation is because the android hardware is improving so rapidly that it just can't be helped. along with the software. :) Google has a fragmentation issue yes, but that's just like growing pains i think. too fast for their own good and we're all feeling it but it's a good sort of hurt. mmm :D

posted on 25 May 2011, 00:44

14. ChollaAnythingApple (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Apr 2011)

People just need to stop crying broke and kep up with the Jones.

posted on 25 May 2011, 00:45

15. ChollaAnythingApple (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Apr 2011)


posted on 25 May 2011, 01:17

16. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Cant believe they still sell those toys :)

posted on 25 May 2011, 05:19

17. andro (unregistered)

Does anyone care? Ios 5 will not change much anyhow just minimum upgrades,although fanboys and apple will say it changes everything again again again.

Its an old phone now anyhow,Funny enough seeing in my local store loads of these are breaking down or not restoring now and as apple gets away with squeezing brainless fanboys pocket by only offering a one year warranty without 'PAYING' for a second year one many of these phones are now struggling.

Ironically even the most basic of phones for around 40 euros/dollars/pounds come with a 2 year warranty as standard

posted on 25 May 2011, 14:22

26. PhoneSales (unregistered)

I have to say this but manufacture warranties are only a year old here. never seen a phone sold with a two year warranty in any way shape or form. carriers offer insurance for less than 7$ a month and two years of complete replacment instead of refurbs like other manufactures do is perfect for 60$

As for the Iphone 3GS not getting the newest updates, honestly who cares? i owned a 3G and had an awful time everyime a new update came out that slowed it down. do we really want to slow down our iphones even further? if you wanted the newest features and toys pay up and get the newest product.

PS- Sniggly you are a troll, i see you posting in every new article talking crap and starting problems.

posted on 25 May 2011, 05:20

18. Ben (unregistered)

Fragmentation but don't say that to Steve Jobs he will sue you

posted on 25 May 2011, 06:39 1

19. inino (unregistered)

I strongly disagree with this information and here's why.
1. iphone 3GS has a very powerful CPU,in benchmark test its even better then the A4 frome the iphone4s and most of high end android phones(except dual-core phones).
there even a jailbreak tweek that you can shoot 720p with iphone 3GS camera sensor(tried it and it works).
2.there have been reports that APPLE is testing ios 5 on many of its devices including iphone 3GS and ipod touch 3rd generation.
3.iphone 3G went through 3releases of ios software (ios 2.0,ios3.0 and even ios4.0 until ios 4.2.1)
4. It is speculated that the new iphone4S(5) will be released in September,so this would mean that apple will definitely include 3GS in the software update.
Well,well,well here you haters go again,i happen to have an Iphone 3GS and its the best phone I ever had,it runs on ios 4.3.3. and its smooth as it can be,I don't know where you get your info but ios 4 runs as same as on the iphone 4.
Well its just my opinion...so hope it helps,hold on iphone 3GS owners;)

posted on 25 May 2011, 11:37

22. Wouldn't Surprise Me (unregistered)

Apple has not been known to back its older hardware though.

I have a 2nd Gen iPod Touch that has had its last OS update.

Look at the Mac line too.

Due to the 3GS' age ... apple may ditch it.

Or ... they will get it up to 5 ... to tease you and get you used to it ... and then stop patching it.

It is not a matter of if ... but when.

posted on 25 May 2011, 12:55

24. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

android fans refer to Apple for having year old devices out but the way I see it Androd keeps coming out with the same clones phone..they all look very similar in my view and have the same specs.. just change one thing or two and they get all excited about it....

posted on 25 May 2011, 14:14

25. feco (unregistered)

My ipod touch 2g runs ios 4.2 and is running smoothly so i dont that iphone 3gs should stop being updated because of hardware limitations

posted on 25 May 2011, 14:25

27. Adrian1559 (unregistered)

That's stupid they should have iOS 5 for the iPhone 3GS If they can do it with 4.3.3 and make it better then y not do it for the 3GS again and make it even better and faster apple wants to have the best phones so they should let all users have every update doesn't matter if the phone is old then apple shouldn't come out with new phones every damn year

posted on 25 May 2011, 14:30

28. Adrian1559 (unregistered)

Supposibly IPhone 4 changed the world it changed the world my ass just cuz it can FaceTime yea but with wifi and a non smartphone can facechat too so I don't see y apple says it changes the world again

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