The upcoming iOS 5 might not be compatible with the iPhone 3GS, Mac Rumors reports citing Eldar Murtazin, editor-in-chief for Mobile-Review. The next iOS could therefore be limited to iPhone 4 and future models.
„Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3GS won’t be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will”, Murtazin stated in a tweet via MacStories. The information has not yet been verified and Murtazin’s sources are unknown. However, his statements have been accurate enough before and this rumour could well hold some truth.
Apple released iOS 4 in June 2010. The operating system is compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4 but some iOS 4 features are unavailable on older hardware. The update support for iPhone 3GS has been limited to the iOS 4.2.1 version at highest after Apple launched iOS 4.3 at the beginning of this year.
It appears that the Cupertino giant is moving over to high-end hardware requirements and the limitation of iOS 5 to a minimum of iPhone 4 hardware proves this intention. Reports suggest that Apple’s new iOS brings important improvements to the previous operating system. Perhaps the American company considers that only the combination between the latest hardware and the latest iOS can offer an excellent user experience.