Whenever Apple comes out with a new iOS revision, owners of older iPhones and iPod touches anxiously await to hear if they’re getting cut off from Apple’s software support. To its credit, the company supports its phones for quite a long time by industry standards; the iPhone 3G could run current iOS release for nearly three years after its release. Still, as the technical demands of iOS features get steeper and steeper, older hardware can see itself losing access to some new functions before it’s dropped entirely. Right now the 3GS is the oldest iPhone still getting updates, and it will have access to the upcoming iOS 5, but will it also be missing out on some of the new stuff?
By and large: no. Thankfully for the aging hardware, iOS 5’s features don’t seem very technically demanding – certainly nothing of the level of the multitasking introduced in iOS 4. Now that the beta of iOS 5 is available for developers, 3GS owners have been able to look through the release, and most of the anticipated features like the new notification system and the iCloud apps are in place. One of the only things missing is the in-app Camera editing support; even that sounds like something that the 3GS should be able to handle, so its absence may only be a consequence of this being a beta release. Looks like you have a reprieve for now, 3GS owners! So much for Eldar’s warnings of doom!