iPhone Iphone 3G - Apps?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by macuser11, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. macuser11 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2013
    I just got an Iphone 3G, but it's impossible to download app's due to the old operating system (4.2.1). It's also impossible to update to 4.3.

    Can I still download apps with a Jailbreak or is 3G just to old?
  2. Siggen macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    The 3G has a Arm6 processor, and the 3Gs and newer uses Arm7 processors.
    Apple dropped support for Arm6 in iOS 4.3, but supported compiling for Arm6 for a long time, they dropped this support at the end of iOS 5 lifecycle or was it iOS6.

    So yes, it is just old :)
    If you payed for your phone I'd try to get my money back, cause apps are one of the biggest selling points, and you aint getting any.

    Some apps in the appstore run older versions you can see them using the iP 3G, but these apps are few and far between. I come to mind Dropbox and Spotify.
  3. PinoyAko macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2012
    Is it possible to look for an IPSW or an iPhone backup somewhere and then install it on your iPhone?
  4. fedecape macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2011
    Miami, FL
    you can jailbreak it, install AppSync and then find old .ipa files.
  5. Siggen macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    I agree that this is moraly right to do, but it still illegal, and that is an important thing to know.
  6. macuser11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2013
    Well thanks for the replies.
    I actually got the phone for free, so that's not a problem.

    So just to clarify this, if i jailbreak the phone i can search for "old" apps that will work on my phone? Is this worth the effort or are those apps really outdated?

    If it's jailbreaked, can i run new apps as well, or is this out of the question?

    Info: I'm just interested in some games and maybe instagram, facebook, ...
  7. dhlizard macrumors G4


    Mar 16, 2009
    The Jailbreak Community
  8. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Not necessarily. Apple made it impossible to target 2nd-gen iPhones starting at Sept/2012. That is, in most cases, most non-game apps dated before Sept/2012 work on the 3G (not so with games).


    Phasing out old platforms isn't necessarily an architectural (arm7 vs. arm7) question. For example, previously (with Xcode 4.1? 4.2?), Apple has phased out (made it impossible to target) pre-iOS4 (for example, 3.1.3) versions - that is, you could still compile for Arm6, "just" not for pre-4 iOS versions. (That is, you in no way could support first-gen iPhones and iPod touches.)

    All this boils down to Apple's greed and forcing people to upgrade hardware by rendering their "old" hardware non-targetable by devs.

    I've posted a LOT on these q's at http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=16894761 - worth a read

    It's not because it's old that you can't target it - it's because of Apple's greed.
  9. UselessVoidBobo macrumors newbie

    May 1, 2013
    Cainta, Rizal, Philippines.
    Just download Whited00r 6 on your old iDevices. It will look like the new iOS 6 and it has an Application called App Time Machine which can download iOS 6 Apps for iOS 3.1.3. :) I hope it helps.
  10. c0venant macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
    most Cydia apps will have to be old and outdated to work with your phone. I know your pain, cause I had the i3G until November last year.

    You won't be able to install 95% of App Store apps, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Skype, Dropbox, Gmail and Google Earth. Basically, any apps that are regularly updated will not work with your phone. Even if you had these apps, the phone is super slow. It sometimes took a whole minute to open and fully load Facebook.

    If you could get your hands on a 3GS at least, that would be totally different. You could install any app the iPhone 5 does. It's slower, but at least it's usable.
  11. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Maybe its time to move on and get rid of that slow dinosaur iPhone 3G.
    You can get a 3GS or iphone 4 that can run ios 6 and all apps available in the appstore for around $150-250.

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