When will the iPhone 3GS be considered "old"?

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  1. cadetandrew macrumors newbie

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    I currently have an iPhone 3GS and have had it since around mid-August. Of course around then the iPhone 4 was being released. I payed attention to all of Apple's products after getting my phone. Then the iPhone 4S came out and I started asking my parents about getting me a new phone and they said it may not happen any time soon. I'm afraid of having an outdated phone soon. How soon could that be?

    Also, this iPhone was my upgrade. I got it for $8. :p
     
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  3. Powermax macrumors regular

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    It's already old, but until it doesn't receive any more ios upgrades, you're good! Enjoy it!
     
  4. cadetandrew thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's exactly what I was thinking! I am enjoying it very much, although I wouldn't complain if I had a front facing camera and faster processor. :)
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4s)

    This fall it's gonna go but given its still selling like hot cakes it may stick round longer
     
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    When will the iPhone 3GS be considered "old"?

    Right now:D
     
  7. Cyrup macrumors newbie

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    I've got a 3G, I feel a bit stone age. >.>
    (Not even 3GS)
     
  8. Pulsedriver81 macrumors member

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    As long as you are recieving updates, it's not old. Probably until this fall.
     
  9. cyks macrumors 68020

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    While it's technically already considered 'old,' it can still run the majority of the latest software/ iOS... something it should be able to continue to do through Fall '13 or possibly even Fall '14.

    The fact that the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 share the same internals suggest that it should be able to hold on as long as the 4 does... and, with so many of them out there and still being sold, I'd be surprised if they kill the iPhone 4 anytime soon.
     
  10. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4s)

    The 3GS and 4 are very different inside!
     
  11. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

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    you're kidding yourself. The 33GS will not get iOS 6. After that less and less sofware is going to support it. It will probably still run 80% of the apps by Fall of 2013. Probably 0 new apps by 2014.

    The first iPhone and the 3G had thy exact same CPU. Didn't get the 2G any extension in life. And when you're growing, large numbers suddenly look pretty tiny.
     
  12. cyks macrumors 68020

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    They're both powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 CPU core and integrated with a PowerVR SGX 535 GPU.

    The 3GS running at 600 MHz and the 4 running at 800 MHz (to compensate for the higher resolution display).

    The externals are vastly different, but inside they're basically the same.



    The 2G was also lacking 3G and GPS... two prominent features. All the 3GS is lacking is a Retina display- which many apps STILL don't fully support.
     
  13. Yumunum macrumors 65816

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    I'd say it'll be too old for comfort when it stops getting software updates. So, when the next iPhone/iOS version is released.
     
  14. B.A.T macrumors 6502a

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    If mommy and daddy need to buy a phone for you then you're doing just fine with whatever phone you have.
     
  15. Shadowbech macrumors 68040

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    It's pretty old, and I can only guess that after the next generation iphone is released, Apple will stop selling the iPhone 3GS, and the iPhone 4 will be free and the 4S will go for 99 bucks.

    By the time the next generation iphone comes out, 3GS is history.
     
  16. AlphaVictor87 macrumors 6502a

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    completely agree, that along with the next iOS most likely not supporting the 3GS.
     
  17. billysmity macrumors newbie

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    I'll bet you're right.
     
  18. G-Mo macrumors 6502

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    The iPhone 4 features the "Apple A4" SoC chipset (based on a stripped down 1 GHz Cortex-A8), while it sounds similar to what's in the 3GS, it is considerably different... and every teardown and benchmark site will tell you the same.

    There's also double the RAM (256MB 3GS vs. 512GB i4).
     
  19. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    As soon as it's no longer useful to you.
     
  20. Snore macrumors newbie

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    Soon.

    By the time the iPhone 5 (or whatever you would prefer to call it) comes out I think that is the end. You never know, if that doesn't do it, then I would have to say when the iOS updates stop. You'll probably be eligible for a new phone by then anyways so it's fine. Don't sweat it.
     
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    I would still take a 3gs over any Android garbage on the market today!
     
  23. riveting macrumors 6502

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    I think the main difference in speed between 3gs and iphone 4 is the ram, but wasn't the latest ipod touch has the same 256m ram. Apple typically support 3 generation of OS for each phone, so iphone 3gs probably won't be getting iOS 6 even it is probably capable of running it.
     
  24. chambone macrumors 6502a

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    Having an outdated phone, yeah, that's probably one of my biggest fears in life too.
     
  25. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    It's old, when I think it's old!!! :mad:




    :D



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