Will 3GS get iOS 6?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Cod3rror, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Cod3rror macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    Apple is still selling it, so do you guys think it'll get iOS 6?

    It's already amazing that Apple supports their devices this long, basically you get an iOS version the phone releases with +2 major updates.

    But since Apple for the first time has 3 phones on sale at the same time, could they extend the updates to +3 major updates?

    I'd also imagine it'll be sending a big FU to Android with their update mess and partially to Microsoft too, when a 2009 phone receives the latest update and is still relevant.

    3GS could definitely handle the update.
  2. DuckSoup macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2008
    Upstate Central NY
    I wasn't too impressed with my results when 3Gs got the IOS 5 update. It really messed up it's performance in my case, making it agonizingly slow.
  3. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    And you know this how? Please tell us where you got the system requirements and/or feature list of iOS 6 already, as that's the only way to know this.
  4. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Based on iOS5 performance on the 3GS, I doubt it. Angry Birds Was near unplayable for me, and it's not even a demanding game. I think Apple needs to drop support for it or trim iOS down a bit.
  5. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    If they DO support iOS 6, it'll be like iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G or iOS 3 on the OG iPhone:

    Certain "demanding" features will be taken out of the OS, and phone support will be dropped midway through the OS's life cycle.
  6. bmacir macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2009
    I don't think so
  7. KingJosh macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2012
    I am going to say no as my 3GS is basically dead running iOS5 lol. Even if iOS6 was available I wouldn't put it on unless it was a stripped down version of iOS5 :p
  8. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020


    Jan 25, 2009
    I'd say it's impossible. I expect iOS 6 with the next iPhone, which would of course carry newer and more powerful hardware.
    You won't see a complete version of iOS 6 on a 3GS, that's almost for sure.
  9. cyks macrumors 68020


    Jul 24, 2002
    Westchester County, NY
    Will it get it? Probably.

    Will it be usable? Probably not for anything but the extreme basics.
  10. Tea-Aholic macrumors 6502

    Dec 8, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    The 3GS does have the same GPU as the 4 right? It's just the processor is ~200MHz slower. Not to mention the 3GS has 4X less pixels than the 4.
  11. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    from my experiences with iOS devices. every device can get 1 major OS update for it to be usable.
  12. grantsdale macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    No. It would mean continuing to develop for the original resolution, which they will not want to do.
  13. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
  14. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
  15. Cod3rror thread starter macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2010
    I don't know of course but if iOS does not dramatically change, 3GS should definitely be able to handle it.

    Angry Birds plays just fine for me.

    Why is it impossible? If it changes so much then iPhone 4 won't be able to run it either, since it's the same architecture as 3GS.


    Those of you having slow down problems with 3GS do a clean restore.

    As I already said, if Apple does not dramatically change iOS 6, 3GS will handle it, it might not handle some new graphically intense games, but it'll handle the OS. It's got the same CPU and GPU as iPhone 4. iOS 4 did not run well on 3G because iPhone 3G has a different, old and slow architecture, ARM 11.

    It's all up to Apple whether they just want to allow iOS 6 on 3GS, I hope they will do it.
  16. Jordan921 macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
  17. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    Well, if you don't know, then don't say you do.

    You need to check your facts. The iPhone 4 is SIGNIFICANTLY faster than the 3GS. Technically they are the same architecture, but so are the original iPhone and the iPhone 4S. By your logic, we should expect iOS 5 to run on the original iPhone.

    There are large speed differences between the iPhone 4 and 3GS. I think by "same architecture" you meant "essentially the same hardware" and nothing could be further from the truth. Why do you think that Infinity Blade II enables certain graphic features on the iPhone 4 and not the 3GS? Because they're prejudiced?
  18. William.Mantle macrumors 6502

    Aug 22, 2011
  19. jman240 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    This is an interesting situation because this is the first time Apple has still been selling hardware that old.

    Think about it though. You will probably be able to purchase a 3GS up until the day the next phone comes out and likely up until the day the next iOS version comes out. This makes me think they will at least attempt to offer 3GS users some sort of update.
  20. Sikaffy macrumors newbie


    Nov 14, 2008
    Apple intentionally drops support for older devices. It's a message to the consumer to update his phone already.

    If the iPhone EDGE could run iOS5 (entirely possible with optimization from Apple), why would I update my phone to and iPhone 4/4S/5?
  21. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    No, it really isn't entirely possible. It doesn't even run 3.x all that smoothly. Optimization is a lot, but it isn't everything.
  22. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    While it may run on the 3Gs, its performance would be sub-par and not up to Apple's standards. Then again it does have the same amount of ram and GPU as the iPod Touch 4 and iPad 1. The iPod Touch 4, which is likely to get iOS 6, will probably run it very slowly. The iPad 1, if it does get iOS 6, will suffer the most. Having to drive a big screen and having only 256Mb, it will not run it well.

    If it doesn't run on the 3Gs, someone will probably sue based on that one line on the EULA that states devices will get major firmware updates for one year after sold. Since both AT&T and Apple are still selling it, someone will likely sue Apple for dropping support for the 3Gs.

    The 3Gs and 4 are the same architecture, but the iPhone 2G through the iPhone 3G are of a different kind. The iPod Touch 2G and newer are ARM7 devices while the iPhone 3G and older are ARM6 devices. You cannot run an ARM7 only binary on a ARM6 CPU. Check your facts before spouting incorrect information next time. While the iPhone 4 is faster at most things, graphic intensive games are still faster on the 3Gs. Why? The same GPU has to drive 1/4 as many pixels.
  23. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I hope Apple wouldn't be limiting iOS 6 for dated devices.

    If they want to continually support iOS 5 for bug fixing and optimization even new little features for 3gs owners that's great. But I wouldn't want things cut out of new OS's to support it.

    There are easily searched benchmarks online that will show the 3gs struggle with certain things in iOS 5.

    As much as everyone knocks it, Android does this well if the manufacture cares to do this. The OG Droid got an update in November. Will it get ICS? Lets hope not the hardware isn't there. But its nice its still supported in its current form.

    The way I look at it is like a PC OS. Windows XP machine will run great and its still getting updates. But if windows 7 was forced onto the machine it could bring it too its knees. Sure apples and oranges but you get what saying...
  24. kre62 macrumors 68000

    Jul 12, 2010
    iPhone 4 is a tiny bit faster than the 3GS. It uses the same chips. If I put my Pentium 2 processor in a nice shiny new package, it doesnt run any faster. The 4 has the exact same chip and GPU as the 3GS, just clocked a little higher. Most of that clock increase gets gobbled up driving the Retina display.

    Heres the comparison you should be referencing. Yeah the 4 is like 1 second faster in load times but its not SIGNIFICANT:

  25. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    Sometimes I unlock my 3GS and it takes 15 seconds before anything happens. Once that happens, it takes maybe another 8 seconds to open the music app.

    It's pretty slow on 5.0.1. I think this is the end of the line for updates.

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