Say goodbye to great apps on iPhone 3G

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jamesr19, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2009
    If you have an iPhone 3G, now is the time to upgrade to a newer model.

    Apple has removed support for generating builds to pre iOS 4.3 devices using 'armv6'. With the taller iPhone 5, most developers will update their apps to support it, but as a result they will have to drop support for anything less than iOS 4.3

    There are some work arounds (it seems) but most developers will not have the time or patience to work around to support iPhone 3G - many don't even bother now!

    As a developer, I will be updating all of my apps to support the iPhone 5 bar one - my Twitter app (because the object of it is slightly defeated with iOS6). I imagine the majority of developers will be doing the same!

    So long iPhone 3G!
  2. macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Breaking news.....

    Four year old technology is old.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2009
    You'd be surprised at the number of people who still use the older technology. Our logs still show a reasonable percentage of users use the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    i always have the newest model, but it is indeed sad to know that apple abandones older iphones like this. No updates okay, but dropping complete support for it, meh i dont like that from apple.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2012
    Good Bye!

    Sorry but the hardware is getting REALLY dated:(
  6. macrumors 65816

    Jul 13, 2008
    android barely supports devices a year old be happy(updates).
  7. macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    So does this mean all people with 3gs's who update apps will then no longer be able to use them? Or just that devs can't give updates to their existing iphone 3g apps? aka 3g users will not see app updates anymore?

    if it's the latter then its not too bad.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2008
    I think it's safe to assume that people with a 3G aren't all that concerned with upgrading software and updating apps, I'd be surprised if they even knew what that all meant anyway.

    I met a guy last week with an iPhone 4 who's still on iOS 4.2... :D and he was non the wiser.
  9. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I still see people on the train using the original iPhone, never mind the 3G. I figure while the technology is dated. The phone fits thier needs. Heck, I see people using flip phones still.

    It doesn't matter how obsolete the phone may be, as long as it fits the needs of person - just my $.02
  10. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
    Why not try windows phone 7? Oh, right, all of those phones can't be updated to windows phone 8 or support any new functionality despite being not even a year old.

    Why not try android? Oh, right, almost all android phones released 12+ months ago won't be getting ice cream sandwich or jelly beab and will have to wait months for an upgrade at all.

    At least iOS gives you FOUR years of support. That's at least four times the completion.

    Plus, anyone on a 3G should have had TWO upgrades at this point. So I'm really not sure why you would be using a 3G as you could upgrade every TWO years to a newer iPhone for FREE.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
  12. macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2011
    South Florida
    Fantastic point.
    All I use my older iPhones for (2 old 2g iPhones) are as music players for my car radio.
    Both are 8GB and both hold all my music videos & some 80s movies (Karate Kid, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future etc) so the kids can view them on my car tv.
  13. macrumors 601


    Oct 19, 2005
    If you're using a 3G you're already missing out on a lot so I doubt this will be that big.
  14. Persondude, Dec 3, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2012
    Its sad to know I can't even download a twitter app onto my iPhone anymore because of this lack of support apple decides to not give. Smartphones should be treated the same way computers are and if windows 2000 and windows xp can still run all that we need I think all iPhones should be the same way. It's a joke. The only difference between this iPhone 3G and all of your silly iPhone 5 users is that there's milliseconds less for all you impatient consumers who want to play clash of clans all day and ask Siri to write yourself a message that youre all too lazy to type. Seriously guys, there's nothing amazing that the new phones are doing that these older models can't do. I've been using a prepaid until now and being 19 years old, I'm alot more tech needy than many of you. but as far as a new version of a phone??? It's a phone! Geez.
  15. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Considering most devs haven't even bothered to update to retina I find this less than shocking, as is the constant call to drop "obsolete" tech. "old" ≠ unusable or broken and have been quite happy using my 2G as a backup for the last several years. My TV, PS2, Gamecube, Wii, PS3, MBP Rev 1 and Mac Mini all must be ready for the trash since they're more than 5 years old and certainly couldn't still function.
  16. macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2012
    Not to be mean but your comment is silly. Look at Android phones. They get updates for... a year at best. But 4 years? No way.

    And look at Windows Phone, the apps for Windows Phone 8 won't work on Windows Phone 7 devices.

    4 years for phones is ancient nowadays.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    The phone itself may be old, but it's still usable. I still have an spare iPhone 3G 16GB with me, and it's in near perfect condition. On iPhone OS 3.1.3, because anything above iOS 4 is crap on it.

    Only problem is app compatibility. Other than that, it still can do basic things like text messaging, calling or even web browsing, just slower.

    And yes, there are still people using the original iPhone 2G, it's kinda cool!
  18. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    Anything pre-3GS is basically the iPhone "feature phone" at this point. The 3GS will likely join the ranks with the 3G and original iPhone when the next iPhone comes out.

    Sure, people still use the 3G and earlier hardware because it works just fine to surf the web, check e-mail, text, and (gasp) make calls -- all the things people typically would do with feature phones. So, they get the feature phone price and the brand "coolness" of the iPhone without a bunch of extra features they'd never use anyway.
  19. macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2012
    You can't expect Apple to keep supporting a 5 year old device because Microsoft still supports 10 year old operating systems. The only reason they do that is because all of their recent offerings have been so bad that people simply refuse to update.
  20. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Ok, you're going to have to explain this concept to me of how a company "supports" a phone that gets no updates.

    What, exactly, does that mean?
  21. macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    Agreed, heck I sold my 4 to get the ip5 something more important came up that required I spend the money on it instead and now I'm stuck using my old fall back 3g. Although dog slow it fits my basic needs (text, web surfing, calling, music etc). Funny I don't even bother with apps in this phone, as I see it its a bare bones use phone. With all the issues with the new blk 5 I'm thinking of just waiting it out for the 5s..
  22. macrumors 68020


    May 31, 2010
    Austin TX
  23. macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    I agree that those using an iPhone 3G these days aren't the type who care about having the latest apps or features. You would be surprised at how many people are satisfied simply with having a touchscreen phone that is easy to use, makes calls, texts, and allows them to surf the web. Plus they can still say "I have an iPhone" so they are happy.

    I also find that a lot of the people using the iPhone 2G or 3G are usually using T-Mobile or some MVNO carrier since those who are on contract with AT&T can get the iPhone 4 for .99 cents anyway.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    BFizzzle, that gif is cracking me up. The iPhone 3G is old. Either you adapt with the new technology or stay behind. It's like with any video game system. Nintendo released the Wii in 2006. People played it. The Wii U released. Guess what? Nintendo dropped all support from that system and went straight to the Wii U. Evolution OP, evolution. That's life.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Any modern app would run horribly on it anyway. Even iOS 4 runs awful on it. Besides, mobile sites for twitter and such will still work just fine.

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