iPhone 3GS To Be Left Out Of iOS 5.0 Update

iPhone 3GS To Be Left Out Of iOS 5.0 Update

MacRumors is reporting that the iPhone 3GS might not be supported by the upcoming iOS 5.0 update. This move is not unprecedented – the iPhone 3G and original iPhone were left out of the 4.0 software update as well.

Of course, this is what happens in the technology world – phones, especially smartphones, just don’t last more than 1-2 years of life in the real world, at least as far as the market and product support are concerned.

According to a tweet from the editor-in-chief of a Russian mobile phone blog, the iPhone 3GS won’t be able to handle iOS 5 and will be orphaned like the two generations of handsets before it.

“Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3Gs wont be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will,” proclaimed Mobile-Review editor-in-chief Eldar Murtazin via Twitter, in a story soon picked up by MacStories and others.

From MacLife:

If true, the move shouldn’t be too surprising — Apple famously removed a few of the cooler features of iOS 4 for iPhone 3G owners and left those with the original iPhone completely in the dust on iOS 3.1.3. Cupertino finally gave up on supporting the iPhone 3G any further with iOS 4.3, the first version to unify the iPad with its smaller compatriots, leaving the 3G device forevermore at iOS 4.2.1.

It’s been widely rumored that Apple will come packing some beefier hardware in the next iPhone, including the A5 processor introduced with the iPad 2. That could explain why the iPhone 3GS won’t get iOS 5, since the current iPhone 4 will then be the cheaper, previous-generation model.

I, for one, would be shocked if the iPhone 3GS did get the iOS 5.0 upgrade. Your thoughts? Sound off in the comments.

  1. The iPhone 3G was eligible for the 4.0 upgrade. Support ceased at 4.2.1, not 3.1.3.

    1. Talhah says:

      Read the post carefully you knob! It clearly says that!!! Personally I think iOS5 would have to be really feature rich to leave out the 3GS. Will wait and see.

      1. “the iPhone 3G and original iPhone were left out of the 4.0 software update ”
        The quoted post from MacLife is more accurate, but the OC in the article says that iPhone 3G wasn’t eligible for the upgrade. You knob.

  2. brownspy says:

    THATS FUCKING BULL SHIT

  3. Is iOS 4 even better than 3 on a 3GS?

  4. Tjohnsonuk says:

    One of the reasons I ditched Apple

  5. Jose Perez says:

    You guys are obviously doing it wrong. iPhones hold their market value tremendously. I started with the iPhone 1g and have sold it every single year online to pay for the newer version that comes out. As long as you keep your baseband version from changing when the unlock comes out, the phone is in high demand overseas. It’s a win win for everyone. You just gotta know how to play the game. The only time I had to pay money for an iphone was when I bought the first one. It’s paid for itself every year after. Funny thing is, I accedently water damaged an iPhone 4 and ended up selling it on eBay for $600. The person that bought it was in tiawan and he was fully aware that the phone had water damage and he left me positive feedback.

  6. jason call says:

    i thought one of apple’s big selling points was that they offered the most up to date software to all their models?  how is this different then what android is going through?

  7. Arjunarumugam says:

    FALSE NEWS ! Apple clearly stated that it would support the 3GS during iOS 5 demo at the WWDC. To be precise, Scott said the new OS would support all the devices supported with last OS update.

  8. Arjunarumugam says:

    FALSE NEWS ! Apple clearly stated that it would support the 3GS during iOS 5 demo at the WWDC. To be precise, Scott said the new OS would support all the devices supported with last OS update.

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