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  • iOS 6 Breathes Life into the iPhone 3GS for Another Year


    Apple isn’t selling the iPhone 3GS that was released in 2009 but iOS 6 gives the device another year of usability, although it is lacking support for some of the newest features. The fact that that it has been three years and three months and despite the fact it has been discontinued from Apple’s iPhone lineup, the iPhone 3GS is still supported by the newly released iOS 6, making it officially the longest supported smartphone capable of running a modern operating system.

    When compared to rival smartphones, this is quite an amazing feat, especially if you think about what rival smartphones were out three years ago. These include Windows Mobile 6.x devices, Palm’s webOS Pre and Pixi, RIM’s BlackBerry 5.x lineup, and Google’s Android 2.0 Éclair. Not surprisingly, none of the devices that ran these platforms back in the day can be used with a modern operating system. Furthermore, the situation doesn’t seem to be changing either as Google, Microsoft, and RIM’s platforms are all gearing up to provide their new releases exclusively on new devices.

    It should be noted that while “the iPhone 3GS actually gets the most of the new OS’s tweaks and refinements,” it was found that “the new features also don’t slow the phone down appreciably.” This was a huge improvement compared to the previous releases of backward support.

    Features that are included for iPhone 3GS users include:


    • Do Not Disturb
    • Safari enhancements including iCloud Tabs
    • Passbook
    • Facebook integration
    • Sheets sharing
    • Camera exposure lock
    • Shared Photo Streams
    • numerous updates to Mail and other bundled app


    Features that are unsupported on the iPhone 3GS include:


    • Safari’s Offline Reading List
    • Support for “Made for iPhone” hearing aids
    • Siri
    • FaceTime
    • HDR Photos


    It should be noted that features such as iOS 6’s new Navigation, Flyover, Panorama, Siri, or Cellular FaceTime aren’t even available on the iPhone 4. It’s easier for Apple to provide a free update for a more than three year old phone because the company only has three major models of the iPhone released over the last three years, and only a couple of variants for specific carriers. This whole concept gives the iPhone a pretty high pay per value and consumers the best bang for their buck if you think about it.

    Anyone still using their iPhone 3GS on iOS 6?

    Source: Ars Technica
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 6 Breathes Life into the iPhone 3GS for Another Year started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Still on a 3GS 16GB here, running 5.1.1 (not JB) with preserved 05.13.04 baseband in order to unlock it should I decide to sell it. Phone seems DOG slow to me on so many things, can't wait to get a new iP5 for me and my wife for Christmas.

      You think an unlocked 16 GB 3GS would go for any more than $100 on CL?
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
      Still on a 3GS 16GB here, running 5.1.1 (not JB) with preserved 05.13.04 baseband in order to unlock it should I decide to sell it. Phone seems DOG slow to me on so many things, can't wait to get a new iP5 for me and my wife for Christmas.

      You think an unlocked 16 GB 3GS would go for any more than $100 on CL?
      Your better off on cl or eBay. The site gazelle wants to pay like 40 bucks for it.
    1. captainmccool's Avatar
      captainmccool -
      I'm using a 4s but have a 3gs that I'm selling to my sister. I got it factory unlocked and threw ios6 on there for kicks. It runs great. I really didn't need to upgrade since I stand by the quality of the 3gs. The true selling point in upgrading isn't speed or siri or anything like that, simply the screen.

      The retina display is something you really can't downplay. Totally changes the phone to me.
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlee19841 View Post
      I sold a lot of phones on cl and eBay. It just seems a lot of people on cl either are looking for crazy deals or they want someone to give them the phone. Also anyone notice on the modmyi app. That when u reply to a post that u have to move the screen up and hold it there while u type. It doesn't move down for some reason.
      Yup extremely annoying on iPhone 5
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Yup extremely annoying on iPhone 5
      The reason why i5 it's annoying because while typing I miss the space bar a lot. I was complaining of the screen issues yesterday as well
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      So this is what fragmentation looks like right?
    1. Lohand's Avatar
      Lohand -
      LOL! Funny thing is, I have had all these on my 3GS:
      Siri
      FaceTime
      HDR Photos

      Add to this FaceTime over 3G on a 3GS on AT&Ts network for free! JB4L1FE!!
    1. Shigoroku's Avatar
      Shigoroku -
      While I wasn't expecting iOS6, I was glad it came out for my mother's 3GS. I suspect Apple will do something like they did with iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G. On the iPhone 3G, iOS 4 was immediately abandoned. It never received *necessary* updates...including security fixes.

      Quote Originally Posted by Lohand View Post
      LOL! Funny thing is, I have had all these on my 3GS:
      Siri
      FaceTime
      HDR Photos

      Add to this FaceTime over 3G on a 3GS on AT&Ts network for free! JB4L1FE!!
      FaceTime without a front-facing camera would not be very useful.

      ...and FaceTime defaults to the front camera the first time you open it. Wouldn't you get some kind of hardware fault when it tries to use a camera component that does not exist?
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tario70 View Post
      Where are you selling your phones? I had AT&T unlock my 3GS 32GB Old Bootrom & then sold it on Craigslist for $200! Just have to set the bar high when listing & then just wait it out. I'm sure being unlocked raised the value of the phone but I'm surprised you only got $100 for a 3GS.
      I've sold two iPhone 3G, 8 GB models for $200 & $250 on Craigslist...two years after I paid $200 for each.