For owners of old devices such as the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3G, the announcement of Apple that their latest iOS, the iOS 5 will still support their aging device comes as quite of a relief. This is despite of many rumors that the iOS 5 won't support old devices like the iPhone 3GS. But yes, the iOS 5 will work on your iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3rd-gen, although we did report that there will be features that might not make it across.
Now here's an interesting video from an Italian Apple news and resource site, AppleRumors. This video demonstrates the iOS 5 running from two different handset, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS. See for yourself:
So what do you think? I think the most notable thing about the video is that it is quite surprising how smooth the 3GS runs the iOS 5, pretty much the same as the iPhone 4. Both devices run some of the key iOS 5 features which includes Reminders, Integrated Twitter, Notifications and so on. According to the reports, there are three features that older devices won't have. First is the HDR enabled photos, then the Photo.app image editing tool and lastly the 3GS won't support "Reader" mode in Safari which basically lets the user view web pages in an easy to read all-text format.
For 3GS and iTouch 3rd-gen owners, missing out on these features isn't probably a big deal. And the fact that it runs iOS 5 (rather smoothly as well) should be good enough to make them happy. Due to the difference in hardware capabilities, it is quite known that older Apple devices won't be able to run newer iOS versions just as well as newer devices. Older generation device owners usually get a crippled version of the newest iOS. So in this case, if this video is any indication, it looks like the iOS 5 runs great with old devices.
But you have to keep in mind that if you own an iPhone 3GS and iTouch 3rd-gen, Apple will surely cut off support for them in the future. If you have any plans of purchasing a new device, then you might want to wait a bit because there are several buzz that the next generation iPhone is just right around the corner.
Apple announced the iOS 5 last Monday at the WWDC during its keynote presentation. Now it is currently available in beta form exclusively to those who have developer accounts in Apple's Developer Center.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback