Game Center Drops Support for iPhone 3G and 2nd Gen iPod Touch in iOS 4.1 Beta 3

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Amongst the changes to the developer release of iOS 4.1 last night, Apple has removed support for Game Center on the iPhone 3G and 2nd generation iPod Touch.

Game Center is Apple's social gaming network that offers iOS game developers to link into a centralized service that offers high score leaderboards, achievements and multi-player matchmaking. The announcement of the system was welcome by developers and gamers as a way to combat the increasingly fragmented existing gaming networks found on the platform.

Apple's removal of iPhone 3G and 2nd Generation iPod Touch devices comes without further explanation. Such a move would restrict the service for the iPhone 3GS, 3rd Generation iPod Touch, iPhone 4 and presumably iPad.

Article Link: Game Center Drops Support for iPhone 3G and 2nd Gen iPod Touch in iOS 4.1 Beta 3
 

spacemanspifff

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iOS 4.1

My guess would be that they will not support the older G3 models with this new iOS - look at the problems they have been having with 4.0 on these older phones. Also remember people, this is only a BETA, so it is not the shipping product and this feature could be reinstated in the final release so don't get your panties in a bunch just yet!
 

101AirAssault

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Sounds like those being left behind tech wise are really being left behind!

Time to upgrade guys..... or at least don't update your firmware.
Gonna be a lot of whiners going on about this. Some think their product should be supported for ever.
 
Further notes of the just released beta:

  • iPhone 3G will not support phone calls anymore
  • Due to technical reasons, iOS 4.1 will run approx. 75% slower on iPhone 3G/ and 2nd Gen iPod Touch.
  • Synchronising music with iPhone 3G and 2nd Gen iPod Touch is now only possible with 1 album at a time
 

cleggster83

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Further notes of the just released beta:

  • iPhone 3G will not support phone calls anymore
  • Due to technical reasons, iOS 4.1 will run approx. 75% slower on iPhone 3G/ and 2nd Gen iPod Touch.
  • Synchronising music with iPhone 3G and 2nd Gen iPod Touch is now only possible with 1 album at a time
Sounds about right. When did it support phone calls anyway
 

ChriswilliamsUk

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Further notes of the just released beta:

  • iPhone 3G will not support phone calls anymore
  • Due to technical reasons, iOS 4.1 will run approx. 75% slower on iPhone 3G/ and 2nd Gen iPod Touch.
  • Synchronising music with iPhone 3G and 2nd Gen iPod Touch is now only possible with 1 album at a time
:p haha love it.

this is probably because of the hardware limitation of the 3g and 2g touch, i know its only two years and apple should support these devices for a good few years (few being more than two)
 

SuperMacMan

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What?! Now that's just *not right*, Apple!! Way to fragment some more and piss people off!

As the owner of a 2nd Gen Touch which runs iOS 4 *really* well after a full restore, I am "Not happy, Jan!!" :mad:
 

at&t

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This is great news. This will be make people upgrade to newer and better technology :apple:
 

bobnugget

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I can't wait til Android becomes a viable competitor to iOS so Apple won't be able to pull so many dick moves like this. Isn't it interesting that the dev builds of 4.0 ran this perfectly well?
 

PR.

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See the Apple apologists are out in force again... :rolleyes:

How would a separate app and I assume services only activated by compatible games be to blame for the sluggishness of iOS4 on 3G phones?!

The point of the Game 'Center' app was to allow developers to use a single service for their games rather than having dozens of different systems by different developers. If you block it from older phones you make it less attractive than the systems currently in place and developers will stick with what they use.
 

odedia

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:p haha love it.

this is probably because of the hardware limitation of the 3g and 2g touch, i know its only two years and apple should support these devices for a good few years (few being more than two)
At least in terms of their reasoning for limiting multitasking and background wallpapers - they were actually 100% correct.

I have a friend with a jailbroken iPhone 3G, which had multitasking and background wallpapers enabled. It was SLOW AS HELL.

I downloaded zToggle from Cydia, disabled both features, and suddenly the phone was back to its speedy normal.

I can't understand what would be the reason for disabling Game Center though... this does seem more like a business decision.
 

ranguvar

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I can see that iOS 4 doesn't run on some older hardware, but this seems like a decision to make people upgrade their hardware. If it really does need the new hardware, Game Center must be horribly coded...
 

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iOS 4 is too slow on 3G

They never should have released the iOS4 for the old 'historic' phones ... I upgraded my 3G to iOS4 while waiting for the iPhone 4 ... boy was it slow, even reading email was such a pain - runs fantastic on iPhone 4 ... I think it was never meant to run on 3G (maybe only to make people think about their old hardware and upgrade to a new phone). I also tried on a 3GS device, runs much smoother there than on the 3G.
 

Sambo110

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How friggen pathetic. So people that bought iPod Touch's before September last year can't use stuff less than a year later? Every other online system like Plus+ and OpenFeint works, what makes this any better that it needs so much processing power to run.
 

Žalgiris

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No big surprise here. Apple has always been ruthless about dropping legacy support for their hardware. Nothing new.
In this case it makes no sense. I bought my iPod touch 2G in 2008 10 30. It's less than 2 years old and runs just fine. I'm going to use it till it dies.
 

CampDavid

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am I right in thinking that Apple is therefore not supporting the 8GB touch which I ordered yesterday?

It'd be nice to have actually recieved the ********* thing before having to upgrade:D