Is Apple cutting off older iPhones from future iOS updates?

Is Apple cutting off older iPhones from future iOS updates?Think of dramatic headline-grabbing claims about the mobile industry from way out in the left field and there's only one name that comes to mind: Eldar Murtazin.

And the godfather of insider gossip is in fine form in his latest shock announcement – that Apple is planning on drawing a line in the sand with iOS 5, and close off the upgrade path to all older iPhones right up to the iPhone 3GS.

As has been the norm recently, Murtazin has used Twitter as his personal soapbox, with his straight-to-the-point tweet almost Jobs-like in its brevity: “Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3GS won't be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will.

iOS 5.0 is expected to be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference which kicks off early next month, while many people are also hoping the iPhone 5, or the iPhone 4S if you prefer, will be revealed on stage in California.

As usual we have no idea where Murtazin is getting his information, but with the gap growing ever wider between the features offered by new versions of iOS and the limited capabilities of older iPhone hardware, this is one we're inclined to believe.

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Stelph  May. 26, 2011 at 09:07

The title is a little misleading since original iPhone has already been cut from iOS updates (I believe it stopped at 3.1.3). This isnt a major shock as technology in mobiles is moving at a frantic pace, and now that iOS is under pressure from Android Apple are having to work to stay in the game and so will want to introduce software that uses the current hardware to its full potental, legacy support is always a major drain on resources.

That saying, cutting iOS 5 from the 3GS which is still currently for sale new from phone shops is a bit of a shock! Especially since the iphone 4 processor wasnt a huge improvement from the 3GS, I wouldve expected the 3G not to get iOS (it already chugs with iOS4) but for the 3GS not to get iOS 5 is a dissapointment if true

JanSt / MOD  May. 26, 2011 at 10:55

stelph, lets wait for confirmation.
Eldar Murtazin also "proved" the upcoming iPhone Nano via Twitter yesterday. ;) #PinchSalt


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