iOS 4.3 Leaves iPhone 3G Behind

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iPhone 3GApple will be releasing iOS 4.3 on March 11 along with the iPad 2. The update is compatible with several iOS devices, but marks the end of the line for the iPhone 3G.

The iOS page on Apple’s Web site lists the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, third and fourth generation iPod touch, as well as the iPad and iPad 2 as compatible with iOS 4.3. The first generation iPhone and iPod touch were left behind in earlier iOS releases, so it’s no surprise they aren’t listed as iOS 4.3 compatible.

The iPhone 3G supports iOS 4.2 and its minor updates, but can’t take advantage of multitasking like the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. As Apple moves forward with new products it often drops support for older devices, so it isn’t too surprising to see the venerable iPhone 3G finally left behind even though it would be nice to see the phone supported up to iOS 5.

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Comments

FlipFriddle

It leaves my 2nd gen ipod touch behind too, but so what. When I want a new one I’ll give the old one to my son.

ernieb

I wish I could put my 3G back on 3.1.3….

Lee Dronick

I wish I could put my 3G back on 3.1.3?.

Yeah, 4 is also a problem on mine. I didn’t upgrade my wife’s and I am glad that I didn’t. We will get new iPhones this year so until then I will live with the hassle.

I understand that it is possible to “downgrade”, but when I read up on it I decided I didn’t want to try it.

FlipFriddle

Yeah I wanted to as well, because 4 hosed my battery life on my Touch, but it was going to be such a pain, I just plug it in more often. It’s not a hassle.

mhikl

Any body have any info on the life of an iPhone vs otherPhones? I hear iPhones get passed along while the others find a resting place in the back of drawers.

Did a google but couldn’t find any stats.

I think if Apple could extend the life of the 3G it would more likely be passed on and wouldn’t that count towards their phone user count?

seamus26

My 3G was left behind when I upgraded from iOS 3.1.3. After seeing how buggy it was I bumped it back down again and have been happy ever since. I’m due for an upgrade, though.

The speed of obsolescence is frightening anymore. Either that or I’m just getting old.

I have this discussion with people all the time. New software takes advantage of new hardware and old hardware becomes obsolete. It’s the nature of the beast.

My question is, when am I going to have better Flash support for iCab in OS9? I mean, really. wink

Mikuro

I think if Apple could extend the life of the 3G it would more likely be passed on and wouldn?t that count towards their phone user count?

Not in the way people generally count “market share”, which is based on sales. It’s the same situation the Mac had in the 90s (and probably still today). Macs typically stayed in use for a lot longer (about 4 years vs 2 by some estimates, though I have no sources on hand), so the user base was really a lot higher than the market share suggested. (Personally I suspect Macs and PCs are in the same ballpark now, because PCs suck less and Mac users are more upgrade-happy than they once were, but I haven’t seen any studies on this since the 90s.)

Every now and then you see numbers based on something like web traffic, which might be a more accurate way to gauge user bases.

My question is, when am I going to have better Flash support for iCab in OS9? I mean, really.

:D I miss good ol’ iCab. I really do.

Actually, iCab is still in active development. Maybe I’ll give it another spin. It fell behind a bit with the advent of CSS2, and other browsers caught up to its features over the years, but I’ll always have a soft spot for das Internet taxi f?r den Macintosh.

3g user

so this is the way apple do things?? just thinking of their own benefits and left behind discontinued product so that they can force us to buy new product?? this is really a bad way of doing things apple really sucks!!!

Jordon

does that mean if you have a 3g you can’t update your software to this 3.4?

Alan

really sad that my iPhone 3G only works with 4.2

Muhammad Shehzad

well i have iphone 3g 4.1.2 and i have enabled multitasking while jailbreaking. and it works fine for me. ya a bit slow but its fine.

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