It looks like Apple has officially killed off the iPhone 3G. We know what you may be thinking, “Duh, they aren’t even selling it anymore.”
Yeah, they stopped selling it when they announced the iPhone 4. Still, they continued to support the iPhone 3G with iOS updates and new features here and there.
No More Firmware Updates?
This is no longer the case. Beginning with iOS 4.3, the iPhone 3G will no longer receive the updates when a new version of iOS is release. Apple didn’t announce the discontinuation of it’s support, but it’s shown on Apple’s iOS 4.3 page. It’s normal, however, as most tech companies phase out older products to make room for new technology. That’s the cycle.
As the iPhone 3Gs Packs Its Bags, Give it Time, a New iPhone Will Emerge
Of course we know that the iPhone 3Gs is next in line as we recently saw it drop to $49.
Think about it: by June, the iPhone 5 will be around and the iPhone 4 will drop to $99, as all iPhone models have before.
It’s a bummer for those who still own a 3G, but the good news is that anyone who did pick up a 3G while it was still available is probably eligible for an upgrade or a contract renewal at this point. If that’s the case, may as well hold onto that old, slow 3G until June when the refresh arrives. You can count on the iPhone 5 leaving the iPhone 4 in its dust. See? Silver lining.
As for the devices that are compatible with iOS 4.3, here they are:
iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4 GSM* Model, iPod Touch 3rd Gen, iPod Touch 4th Gen, iPad, iPad 2.
* uh oh, fragmentation, but that’s a story for another post