iOS 5 Works Just Fine On iPhone 3GS

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  1. MacRumors, Jun 7, 2011
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    macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Reports are coming out that the iOS 5 beta works just fine on the 3GS, which is a relief since just a couple of weeks ago it was rumored that the 3GS wouldn't work at all. According to Apple (emphasis added):
    Unfortunately, Apple doesn't spell out what, exactly, won't work on the slower iPhone 3GS and third generation iPod touch. But some research from 9to5Mac and Banolka on YouTube gives us some ideas, at least in the beta.

    What we know works:

    - Notification Center
    - Twitter Integration
    - Newsstand and Periodical Store
    - Grid Lines and Exposure/Brightness Settings in Camera app
    - Reading List in Safari

    And what doesn't (but it's a short list, so far):

    - Image editing (red eye, cropping, magic wand)
    - Reader is missing (but there is some disagreement if it simply hasn't been implemented yet)

    So, it looks like 3GS users are in good shape going forward, but, of course, all of this may change as the beta period goes on and we get closer to release this fall. What might be most difficult to implement for the 3GS is a feature that doesn't even exist yet. We reported earlier today that Nuance/Siri Voice Features might still be included in iOS 5 and I wouldn't be surprised if that particular feature was not enabled on the relatively underpowered 3GS.

    Article Link: iOS 5 Works Just Fine On iPhone 3GS
  2. macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2009
    I personally find it a bit lagging on my 3Gs but bearable
  3. macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    I haven't heard anyone say that the iOS 5 beta is not available for iPhone 4 CDMA
  4. Biolizard, Jun 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011

    macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    London, United Kingdom
    The iPhone 3G was an anomaly because the only internal change was the 3G chip. Going forward it seems like every iPhone will get a spec bump so the 3rd version of iOS for a particular model of the phone will hopefully be a much smoother affair than the 3G+4.x.x debacle.

    That said, the gap between the 3GS and 4 isn't great (faster clock speed + double RAM - having to power retina display) so I'm more interested to see what iOS 6 means for the iPhone 4 this time next year.

    Edit: Also, remember that this is a beta so we don't know how far it's been optimised yet; any devs with a slow 3GS just need to moan at Apple so users need not wait until 5.2.1 ;-)
  5. macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
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    I actually disagree. I put it on an old 3GS that I had, and battery life is awful. Aside from that, it takes three seconds just to unlock it, even without a passcode, and forget opening folders or even apps quickly if you're in a rush.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2010
    Photo editing isn't on the 4th Gen iPod touch either. I feel it's an oversight at this early stage.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
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    Reader is on 3GS. not consistent but there.
  8. macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011
    Yes. It's there. I can confirm this on my iPhone 3GS.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2010
    Hopefully some will take this as a lesson to assuage the usual "sky-is-falling, let's crucify Apple" reaction to mere rumors.
  10. macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2010
    I don't understand, why all of you are moaning when in the video 3GS work really flawlessly, even faster then iOS4 works currently on my 3GS.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    La la land
    Did you guys do a fresh install or you restored from a backup? From my experience it seems that if you do fresh install, updating OS on any supporting phone will feel quite fast. It's only when you restore from backup and have lots of stuff in your phone that'll make it slower.

    Am I right? My iPod touch 2G was very slow after 4.0 :( I'm glad it's much faster now after 4.2, but still slower than when I bought it.
  12. macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    Yep, installed last night on my 3GS and iPod 4G. So far from what I've witnessed, my 3GS actually has better performance than my iPod.

    Although, I can't seem to sync any photos from iPhoto to my 3GS, while everything syncs with my iPod.

    A lot of the features don't work yet since it's beta, like wireless syncing (?) and of course the iCloud stuff (Photostream) and Newsstand. Reminders is quite buggy for me and at some points Safari as well (crashes often on larger web pages). Although, going back and forth between pages on the iPod 4G are pretty snappy compared to 4.x.x!

    And is it just me or are there no photo enhancement options? Can't find them for either iDevice.

    I'm really digging these automatic downloads... works like magic. So, how are the beta updates going to come through? Through iOS or through iTunes?

    One thing I hate though is the whole MobileMe to iCloud transfer. We just transferred from .Mac like 3 years ago, it's getting annoying... I'm just hoping everything transfers smoothly, and that the features are better than what I currently have for MM and better than what I am expecting...
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2011
    What? This sucks. Maybe put a cap on the size of the images we can edit, but to remove it completely? I wonder what else Apple refuses to give us.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    La la land
    It's a beta. It means all features may not have been implemented.
  15. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Reader is not an "Always there" feature. Just like in Safari on the Mac, the website needs to be recognised as an article to enable the Reader button.

    It's there when it's needed but you won't see it on every site.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    La la land
    Yep, other blog sites reported that. Perhaps macrumors just hasn't updated this article yet.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2011
  18. macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    One thing I can see Apple omitting in the features for the 3GS is something like the volume-up button for the camera shutter button. Since the 3GS uses the rocker design and knowing Apple's penchant for wanting things to be ergonomically sound, I can see them taking out this feature. However, I'm not sure if this feature is in there. Can anyone confirm this?
  19. macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2011
    Haha, "this movie format is not supported"...

    I am surprised at how good it runs this early in the beta, though it does get hot as hell even when just playing music, but that's probably all the un optimized code...
    UP volume side of the rocker works fine for camera shutter for me.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2009

    My battery life is going twice as quickly as normal on the 3GS.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    That's no surprise to me. The 3GS had some kick-ass hardware for 2009. You know, the "S" was for speed.
  22. macrumors member


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Dev builds have always had some lag/slow down to them.

    Hell, iOS 5 on the iPhone 4, it lagged when it was syncing everything back after the restore big time, because it was installing multiple apps at once instead of one-by-one.
  23. Crucial9, Jun 10, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2007
    On my 3GS, notification center is not active (when I slide down from the top nothing happens). I am able to do this to skip activation, but after I am in the OS, it is does not function.
  24. macrumors member


    May 14, 2011
    Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
    iOS 5 will be great, but since my 24mths contract is up soon (actually just in July), I'm super keen to get this bloody next iPhone!
  25. macrumors regular

    Apr 6, 2010

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