As you see here, Apple still supports the iPhone 3GS after 3 years. It was put on the market in 2009, and it can still run iOS 6 if updated. Now, I know Apple's updating routine, when they update the firmware at least for 2 major updates such as iOS 4 and 5 before cutting it off. This looks to be a long running device because you also see in the picture, the original iPad that came out in 2010, and the iPod Touch 3G which also came out in 2009, is discontinued. What do you guys think?
iOS 6 info link: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios6/
I don't understand why the 1st generation iPad is not supported when the 3GS is iOS 6 compatible...
Seems stupid to me...
answered Jul 05 '12 at 14:11
it is going to be like the iPhone 3G, it made it to the 4.0 OS but then Apple started to unsupport it. It is going to happen the same with the 3GS, soon Apple shloud reveal the "New iPhone" and the iPhone 4 will now be the Entry level iPhone, being at very low cost :)
answered Jul 03 '12 at 23:42
I see no reason to not support an older device if it can handle a newer OS without losing performance compared to the older OS, though in this cse it doesn't really benefit apple since they are known for dropping support quickly.
What makes other companies gain many customers especially microsoft when it comes to windows, is the support long support cycles which makes investing in a product, a more secure investment as you can be sure that your product will be compatible with many new things as time goes on and in most cases until your hardware is no longer fast enough.
With apple they drop support for older hardware, long before that hardware is obsolete which makes it more difficult to invest in their products because you never know when they will decide that your extremely expensive device will no longer be supported even though the hardware it's self is more than fast enough to handle the new OS.
A company that can consistently provide long support cycles will get more customers, and will have customers choose their product even when another company offers something that tht may be better for that person.
for example, I generally stick with logitech products because they support them for a long time and they have a good RMA process where they will cover shipping both ways and even cross ship in some cases. and if a product is really old and still has a large user base and a problem is discovered, they will still release bug fixes.
For apple, it may be that phone companies are still offering the 3Gs for free with a contract that they are updating it.
answered Jul 05 '12 at 16:37