Apple dropping the iPhone 3GS

Since its release in 2007, the iPhone has revolutionised the phone market. Apple got in at the right time, and got it right, with a device that delivered on what so many others had promised and failed to deliver. The iPhone became the iPhone 3G, then the 3GS, the 4 and finally the 4S. But with the imminent introduction of “the new iPhone” (or iPhone 5), Apple have decided the time is right to remove the 3 line from its product listings altogether.

The 3GS has had a great run, being the only iPhone to support four different generations of iOS. Its performance running iOS 5 was generally a positive one; with some users claiming the 3GS was outperforming the original iPad (which had a faster processor), running the same firmware. This in turn made it a good candidate for the upcoming iOS 6, which Apple confirmed at their WWDC the device will get, although it will be a cut down version of the new OS.

But in terms of the technology, the 3GS is being put out to pasture. It just can’t keep up with the features offered by the latest offerings, not just from Apple, but Samsung, HTC and Nokia. So the 8GB iPhone 4 looks to be the handset that will take its place, with the network operators likely to keep the same pricing for contracts.

So, taking the record for the longest serving iPhone still officially supported (until Wednesday anyway), we bid the 3GS farewell. It only took a year for the rumour to become fact!

Source: The Telegraph
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Apple is stupid and so Re consumer. why would i buy an 8GB year old device when i can get a new 2012 entry level device that jas a bigger screen, more storage and 4G???

TechieXP said,
Apple is stupid and so Re consumer. why would i buy an 8GB year old device when i can get a new 2012 entry level device that jas a bigger screen, more storage and 4G???

Consumers are stupid? Why? It's their money, they earned it, why should you tell them how to spend it? Is it compatible with what they want to do? Do you even know what their needs are? Do you even care? Probably not.

I'm sorry not everyone is going with your favorite phone manufacturer, but you have to realize that most people don't give a crap about this sort of stuff. They buy what looks good, re-buy what has kept them happy (as I do myself with nVidia cards), and also take into consideration their existing investment. Imagine if someone were to tell you to switch to an Apple computer for instance, where half the programs and games you have on Windows weren't going to work. Would you even bother? Of course not.

But I guess it's easier to label people as stupid as if the choice is that clear cut, right?

Also, fix your damn grammar before you go around calling people stupid. Looks like you typed it from your phone. You'd think your amazing phone would have fixed that for you...

I'm surprised they held onto support for the 3GS for this long, it's unlike Apple to support a device that's two generations behind.

However, a lot of people still use a 3GS, and the technology inside it still holds up pretty well. So I don't see this as a reason for current users to feel the need to jump ship right away.

On the other hand, if you've had your phone for 3+ years, you'd expect the battery life to decline really fast. You'll be lucky if it lasts a few more years in general.

Screw apple after the latest bunch of stunts. Going Android or if i can afford it a Windows Phone.

For all the App QQ about windows phone just shut it, soon as Windows 8 is released to public and windows 8 phone and tablets are also your going to see a massive shift in the market and it will happen very fast.

The reason Windows Phones dont have many apps yet is simply because there 1) is no need for all the dumb games and stuff on them yet 2) there are not many windows phones out 3) its not been out as long.

Just wait till windows 8 tablets start to come from peoples ass's then your see apps and can do a fair comparison.

este said,
So ... People who still use it will be forced to upgrade?

No your not forced to upgrade but if you want the latest security and App support yes and well the iPhone 3GS is a 3+ year old hardware

este said,
So ... People who still use it will be forced to upgrade?

It's not as if their old phone will magically turn off and stop working.

este said,
So ... People who still use it will be forced to upgrade?

It's 3 years old. Can't you see it wants to die? Let it go.

este said,
So ... People who still use it will be forced to upgrade?

Last thing I saw, iOS 6 will support the 3Gs, the last update but that gives another year of full life.

Mark said,

Last thing I saw, iOS 6 will support the 3Gs, the last update but that gives another year of full life.

The phone will continue to function past the next year. Not everyone needs to be on the cutting edge of technology.

AFineFrenzy said,

The phone will continue to function past the next year. Not everyone needs to be on the cutting edge of technology.

I said full life, sure it will function but it will be as current as possible for the next year still

good to see it dying. Iphone4 is still a great phone, now it will be a lot cheaper once apple release the iphone5. The more good quality phones out there the better.

5 years of decent support... Apple are setting the standard that every consumer should expect. Like them or hate them, they got this right.

.fahim said,
5 years of decent support... Apple are setting the standard that every consumer should expect. Like them or hate them, they got this right.

Three years, actually. The iPhone 3GS was released on June 19, 2009.

.fahim said,
5 years of decent support... Apple are setting the standard that every consumer should expect. Like them or hate them, they got this right.

As a massive Android fan, I do have to agree with this. It seems with other manufacturers, it's pot-luck as to how long you'll get support and updates for. Some barely even get one newer OS upgrade.

I think the minimum support should be 2 years. 24 months isn't a lot to ask in terms of updates and it coincides with most people's contract lengths.

.fahim said,
5 years of decent support... Apple are setting the standard that every consumer should expect. Like them or hate them, they got this right.

3 years of support is not a great deal and definitely not industry leading. Nokia have been releasing updates to their Symbian phones for 4+ years and the Google Nexus line receives updates for 3+ years.

It's still a phone. No, you don't get software updates, but it will continue to work as is until the hardware goes.

TBH, I don't expect any consumer electronics to ever go beyond what comes on them at purchase. It's really only recently that we've seen continued support, and I can't complain too much about it.

Kushan said,

As a massive Android fan, I do have to agree with this. It seems with other manufacturers, it's pot-luck as to how long you'll get support and updates for. Some barely even get one newer OS upgrade.


Yea, or like the Sony Ericsson phones my little brother and mom got a while back. X10 Mini Pro and X8 I think the names are. Both launched with a year old version of android on them, about a year after release they got an update to what was then a year old version of android...

ManosK said,

3 years of support is not a great deal and definitely not industry leading. Nokia have been releasing updates to their Symbian phones for 4+ years and the Google Nexus line receives updates for 3+ years.

What are you talking about? The Nexus One, which is the oldest Nexus phone, released in 2010, hasn't seen an official update since Gingerbread.

It is industry leading when it comes to modern smartphone OSs. Symbian is not what I would describe as a modern smartphone OS.

threetonesun said,
It's still a phone. No, you don't get software updates, but it will continue to work as is until the hardware goes.

TBH, I don't expect any consumer electronics to ever go beyond what comes on them at purchase. It's really only recently that we've seen continued support, and I can't complain too much about it.

Which is a meaningless statement given that these phones are running operating systems that are more complex and prone to bugs and security issues - sorry but if Apple can provide almost 3 years worth of updates for their iPhone 3GS then that is that is the minimum I expect Samsung and HTC to provide especially Samsung which is a $245billion per year juggernaut.

Still a 3GS owner, here. It's been a bit iffy since updating to iOS 5 (crashing apps, performance drops, and the rare springboard crash), but it's still a fairly dependable phone. I'm looking forward to inheriting my parents' 4S though next year.

EllaP said,

WP doesnt have enough apps yet.

So out of the, what 500.000 apps, more than half are either useless or people don't use them. Great fact there mate.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

So out of the, what 500.000 apps, more than half are either useless or people don't use them. Great fact there mate.


500,000/2=250,000
I need at least 200,000 apps (good apps, like Instagram and Flow Free included)

EllaP said,

500,000/2=250,000
I need at least 200,000 apps (good apps, like Instagram and Flow Free included)

You use 200.000 apps? Not bad

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

So out of the, what 500.000 apps, more than half are either useless or people don't use them. Great fact there mate.


Yesh because we need to use every single app. That's like saying you don't like shoppin at the grocery store because it has too much selection, you do all your shopping at the corner store.

WP is still missing a lot of major applications that power users require in their day to day

the less apps your have, the less selection you have the PERFECT app that suits your need 100%, of courser you won't use all of them, but why settle for only a couple versions of what you could be looking for?

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

So out of the, what 500.000 apps, more than half are either useless or people don't use them. Great fact there mate.

EllaP said,

500,000/2=250,000
I need at least 200,000 apps (good apps, like Instagram and Flow Free included)

There's an instagram client for WP-instacam. There's also two versions of flow on the marketplace - one with 300 levels, and another with 900, and they're both free AFAIK.

EllaP said,

500,000/2=250,000
I need at least 200,000 apps (good apps, like Instagram and Flow Free included)

How are you going to install 200,000 apps. lol

Andrew Lyle said,

Yesh because we need to use every single app. That's like saying you don't like shoppin at the grocery store because it has too much selection, you do all your shopping at the corner store.

WP is still missing a lot of major applications that power users require in their day to day

Missing apps like what for power users? If you make such a claim, back it up. I own both, and android and an WP7 phone, I got everything I need from stock apps to editing apps.

Andrew Lyle said,

WP is still missing a lot of major applications that power users require in their day to day

I have to rephrase this.

WP is still missing a lot of major applications that wannabee nerds proclaim they need in their day to day work.

EllaP said,

WP doesnt have enough apps yet.

i dunno, i've seen just as many fart apps on windows phones as i've seen on iphones!

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Missing apps like what for power users? If you make such a claim, back it up. I own both, and android and an WP7 phone, I got everything I need from stock apps to editing apps.

To be honest, it doesn't matter what apps I list saying people need this or that, everyone has a different opinion and a unique set of apps they require in their day to day life.

Some phones aren't for everyone.

I for one usually require apps of online services/business that are not available for Android or WP. For example BF3 stats app is not available, Phogue's BF3 server tool used to not have Android (much less WP), I think Eleven2 doesn't have anything but an iOS app to control your web hosting.

Many companies rather just focus on an iOS version of their apps at the moment, but that is changing, and hopefully everyone can easily work with WP. Until then many of us rather just stick with the iPhone. And yes, at the moment the App Store has a much bigger selection to fit your needs.

Thewindows8user said,

You Apple fanboys are simply silly. WP has more than enough useful apps even for some power user

He uses an iPhone 3GS, how does that make him an Apple fanboy? If he was a fanboy, he'd be gloating that his iPhone 4S is faster than the iPhone 3GS and that phone is "so old".

Think before you speak.

EllaP said,

Yeah good timekiller.

Basing your purchase on a rudimentary game is interesting. I'm sure you could find an equal to it on any platform.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

So out of the, what 500.000 apps, more than half are either useless or people don't use them. Great fact there mate.


It's not about quantity, and you know it. It's more about quality, but not even just that. It's finally also about how well-known they are. If I want to move to a platform, I don't want to still hunt for comparable apps for months after purchase. I have better things to do. For example, I really like the app Flipboard. It's so good that out of the millions of apps that exist for iOS, there is only one like it. There are apps "kind of" like it, but still not quite. It's extremely polished over years. Now picture this, but for 10 different areas covered by various apps.

Andrew Lyle said,

He uses an iPhone 3GS, how does that make him an Apple fanboy? If he was a fanboy, he'd be gloating that his iPhone 4S is faster than the iPhone 3GS and that phone is "so old".

Think before you speak.


So there are actual guidelines/requirements to be a Apple fanboy? And your requirements mentioned are the gospel? You might want to practice your "Think before you speak" line on yourself before blasting it on others LOL.

EllaP said,

WP doesnt have enough apps yet.


It's all subjective. WP has many apps or at least a third party solution to keep up with iOS and Android. Anything you name is likely not a major brand or just is a "boiling under" app that isn't truly a con for WP. The only real gripe I have is no Hulu Plus or Suntrust Mobile Banking app. Even for the latter, I use m.suntrust.com to suffice.

Andrew Lyle said,

Yesh because we need to use every single app. That's like saying you don't like shoppin at the grocery store because it has too much selection, you do all your shopping at the corner store.

WP is still missing a lot of major applications that power users require in their day to day

.

Like instagram for example... Or... O.. sorry, most POWER apps already exists for all platforms