Will iOS 5.0 not work with iPhone 3GS?

Apple iOS 5.0 may not work with iPhone 3GS?
Apple iOS 5.0 may not work with iPhone 3GS?

We all know that Apple is baking iOS 5.0 for the next iPhone and iPad but the latest rumor suggests that iPhone 3GS users may be out of luck and won’t be able to upgrade when the software is finally released.

This rumor comes from Eldar Murtazin, who is extremely well-connected in the mobile world (although generally more for Nokia stuff than Apple), who said on Twitter, “Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3Gs wont be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will.”

If this is true – a big “if” – and iOS 5.0 won’t be compatible with the iPhone 3GS, there is going to be a lot of complaining out there but Apple has never been shy about ditching older technology to push ahead. I mean, iOS 4.0 didn’t play nice with the iPhone 3G and there may just not be enough horsepower inside the 3GS to support what Apple wants out of this next software.

In general, we would have seen the next version of the iOS software in May but we’ve yet to hear much other than 5.0 will have strong Siri-backed voice recognition technology. The next version should also contain the iCloud streaming service integrated at a deep level.

In terms of hardware, we’re expecting a dual-core chip inside the iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4S) and it looks like Apple wants to take advantage of that with iOS 5.0. The iPhone 4 rocks a 1 GHz chip, so it should be able to keep up.

Other reports suggest that the upcoming WWDC conference will be all about the iCloud service and we won’t get iOS 5.0 until the Fall with the new phone.

Any of you iPhone 3GS owners out there? Are you upset about this or will you just upgrade to the latest hardware anyways? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think and we’ll keep our ears to the ground for more information.

[Via Twitter]

  • Anonymous

    How does this even need to be a rumour?  iOS 4.0 runs like s@#$ on a 3GS, theres no way 5.0 is coming out for it.

    • Nathan Johnson

      That ain’t true. iOS 4 works great on iPhone 3GS! I have an iPhone 3GS with iOS 4.3 and it is fine. iOS 4 is way better than iOS 3 too! iOS 3 is crap compared to iOS 4. 

      iOS 3 is the first image attached to this comment
      iOS 4 is the second screenshot attached to this comment 

      (The iOS 4 one is one I took from my iPhone 3GS and the iOS 3 I got from the internet since I don’t have iOS 3.)

      • Nathan Johnson

        (To see the full size image, just click on them and it’ll look way better than how they look now) 

  • The iPhone 3G I have isnt compatible with much, but I only have it to develop with and havent done crap to it yet.

  • Shim

    I don’t have a 3GS, but I do have an iPhone 3G. iOS 4.0 is shit on that phone. I would have much preferred that they stuck with iOS 3 on there, rather than trying to get 4 to run on it.

    3GS owners may get bummed out about it at first, but it is probably for the best.

    • Jarshaarashi

      I actually have the iPhone 3G up until a couple of weeks ago, when I upgraded to the 3GS. I found this great jailbreak software that mimics iOS 4 almost to a T, and the best part is that it is specifically created for older devices, going backwards from the 3G. It’s called whited00r and this is the website: http://www.whited00r.com/ It is pretty easy to jailbreak, as I have never done so before so I had no idea how to go about it… It is awesome because you can have a wallpaper on the home screen (which doesn’t work on the 3G with iOS 4) and also features the handy multi-tasking dock that so many people love with iOS 4. It is a tweaked verion of 3.1.3 so it runs super fast as well! The only bummer is that so far, it does not have the “cellular data” on/off option like iOS 4 does. I hope I helped! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I hope its true.
    Nokia, for example, keep updating 5-6 years old phones. Not “making” their costumers buy a new device for a lot of money.
    Its amazing how stuff like that WILL make people buy new device, why to go Apple, good money machine 🙂

  • Anonymous

    I really dont like the whole iOS name thing. Wish they stuck with OS X names. Like Baby Snow Leopard?
    There are going to be hardware changes that make the 3GS unfitting for 5. iPhone4 really had nothing to impressive under the hood for changes in regards to wireless capabilities.
    If the rumors are true and I know they are, the Hybrid CDMA/GSM and NFC chips will offer a far better Big Brother tethering leash to humanity,

  • Nathan Johnson

    iOS 4 is so much better than iOS 3 though. I really don’t like iOS 3. It doesn’t have the glossy icons and the dock at the bottom of the homepage is crappy on iOS 3. And iOS 3 doesn’t have some features that iOS 4 has. I like iOS 4 better. But iOS 5 is gonna be even better and I’ll be mad if it don’t work on iPhone 3GS. 

    • Shim

      Well it looks like you’re in luck then! iOS 5 will be on 3GS. Straight from the apple website.

      • Nathan Johnson

        Really? Awesome! Thanks for letting me know! 🙂 Can you reply with the link to the page where it says that 3GS works with iOS 5 because I can’t find it. Thanks…

  • Nathan Johnson

    I just got my iPhone 3GS like a month and a half ago! I really will be upset if iOS 5 wont work with my NOT-SO-OLD iPhone 3GS. I really hope iOS 5 works on 3GS. I’ll be sad if it don’t. 

  • Ziptie503

    This is why I want an Android phone…

  • Remoyd

    Not working for me, keep getting “-50” error on upgrading OS 5.0 to my 3Gs!

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