Will 3GS be able to upgrade to new iphone software?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rogelio1017, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. rogelio1017 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    Guys I'm new here and to apple. I've been a blackberry guy my whole life. I debated between an Iphone 3gs or bold 9700. I've decided to go to Iphone since I loved my Ipod Touch so much. I'm due for upgrade march 2nd. (2weeks). Now I know there's a new iphone coming out in june or july but im not sure i want to A. wait that long and B. pay over 199 for a phone. My question is if i buy a 3gs would i be able to update the software to the new iphone's software? I know everything is only rumors as far as the new iphone and it's features but i thought it'd be worth a shot. Thanks guys!
  2. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Yes you will be able to update to iPhone OS 4.0. However, it will slow down the iPhone a little but. As of now its a rumpor, but it happened 2 times, so I would expect it to happen again.
  3. iphone1105 macrumors 68020


    Oct 8, 2009
    Can I ask how you know OS 4.0 will make it slower?

    BTW, brilliant prior post, thanks for letting us know a knife you put to an iphone will scratch it.:rolleyes:
  4. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Its pretty obvious it will slow the iphone down a bit. Original iPhone was faster on 1.1.4 than on 2.x, and even slower on OS 3.x. iPhone 3G is faster on 2.2.1 than on 3.x! Just ask the Spaz. My Original iPhone got so slow, it got to the point of UNUSABLE! So the 3GS will be faster on 3.x than 4.x. Thats why my Computer ran slower after going from Windows 98 to Windows XP.
    And regarding the knife, Newbies and other people say the iPhone's screen is unscrachable, so I want ro prove them wrong.
  5. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Let's not ask TheSpaz! :) Besides, he doesn't have a 3GS, so he won't be able to say one way or another.

    I don't believe they've said anything about the next OS. It may work on the 3G or 3GS, since this has been the way 3.0 and above was for 3G users, but we just don't know for sure.
  6. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    3.0 was for Original iPhone owners too. It did slow down the already slow Original iPhone, and it did slow down the 3G. When comparing the 3G on 2.2.1 to the 3GS on 3.1.3, the 3GS isn't 2x. They actually do run around the same speed, except for Safari, which seems snappier. ;)
  7. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Clearly the 3GS will run the next 4.0 update. However, that doesn't mean it will support all the features that the next gen iPhone will support. Like most iPhone releases, it will contain new hardware that older iPhones don't have. But Apple isn't going to leave the 3GS's on 3.x. Whether the original iPhone and 3G iPhone are supported isn't clear. We will find out in March when Apple announces the new software.
  8. rogelio1017 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    Thanks for the replies guys! How much do you think the new iphone will be? Will be alot more than the $199 i would pay for the 3gs? Does anyone remember what the 3gs costs when it first came out?
  9. nehunte macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2009
    First off, ignore everything ouimetnick has said to this point. The problem with the 2G and 3G iPhone is that they had slower processors and not nearly enough RAM. The 3Gs has a great processor and more than enough RAM to most likely handle OS 4.0 when it comes around. A lot of 3G owners are bitter because they've used a 3Gs and realize how much faster the 3Gs is and want to blame OS 3.0. It's garbage, just ignore them. If we're going to let the past decide the future, then we'd live in a pretty effed up world.

    While the new iPhone that is rumored to come out this summer will likely feature a beefier processor and most likely 512mb of RAM (all the cool kids are doing it), it's not likely that the next iPhone will require those kind of specs to operate functionally. Apple is feeling some pressure with Android and will likely make a power play with some big specs to wow the masses.

    To make my point, I can run Firefox and Microsoft Word just fine on my Celeron processor and 2GB of RAM. I don't need an Intel i7 and 4GB of RAM.
  10. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    So, to be the realist, here is what we know:

    The original iPhone has been able to upgrade to even the latest iPhone OS, free of charge. (However, some features are not present, such as MMS and video recording.)

    The iPhone 3G has the same basic 'processing' hardware as the original iPhone. It, also, has been able to upgrade to the latest iPhone OS, free of charge. (However, some features are not present, such as video recording.)

    The iPhone 3GS has upgraded 'processing' hardware. It has been able to upgrade to the latest iPhone OS, free of charge, with all features.

    So, based on past precedent, Apple has allowed all software upgrades at no cost to all iPhone users.

    While this makes it likely that Apple will offer iPhone OS 4 free to all prior iPhone OS users, it is not a guarantee. Apple has been known to make new features available only to new hardware in the past. Although in this case, it would seem extremely strange to lock out iPhone 3GS users. I could see locking out original and 3G users based on processor power, (even if they could run it just fine, I could see Apple using that as an excuse,) but not 3GS.

    Also, at this point, nobody has any clue what iPhone OS 4 entails (well, nobody that can publicly say, anyway.) So, for all we know, it could make older hardware run faster. (After all, each successive Mac OS X release from 10.0 through 10.4 ran faster than the preceding on the same hardware.) And, obviously, we also have no idea what possible hardware updates may be in store.
  11. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Expect it to be able to but also expect apple to block somethings from working

    For example the orginal iPhone can not do MMS (complete BS and 100% apple blocking it)
    The 3G can not do Video recording or voice controls.

    All those items are example that the hardware can do it no problem but apple is blocking it. I expect they will do the same with 4.0
  12. rogelio1017 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    You know what the reason I kind of don't want to switch to iphone is due to apple and their BS when it comes to crap like this. They sucker people in! they force you to upgrade, by leaving out things such as mms, video recroding, etc.. One thing about Berry's RIm never did that to us! I feel like apple tries to kind of trap you into their products.
  13. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    My Mac got faster when I went from Leopard to Snow Leopard.

    Hmm...so some software upgrades make things slower and some software upgrades make things faster.

    So does picking only the examples you like and ignoring the other examples make your guesses right?

    Or, perhaps, it means nothing and your guesses are just that; guesses.
  14. blancoBronco macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2009
    South Tampa
    nobody knows for sure how much the new iPhone will cost. when the 3G S first came out, it was $199 for the 16Gb, but that was for people who were eligible for an upgrade. for those not eligible, it was $399. until apple announces the phone and it's price, we won't know anything

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