Despite concerns, the iPhone 3GS will be supported in iOS 5. This means that 3GS owners will be able to download and install Apple’s next version of iOS when it goes live for the public this fall.

Although most parts of iOS 5 will work on the 3GS, certain features will not. This includes parts of the new Camera app. Overall, the iPhone 3GS works pretty well with the iOS 5 developer beta that people have already been testing…

Unfortunately, Apple has yet to state any other limitations that could be imposed on older hardware, like the iPhone 3GS. The company has been clear that the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd and 4th gen), iPad 1, and iPad 2 will all be supported by iOS 5.

It’s important to keep in mind that iOS 5 is not yet a finished product. The first developer beta was released yesterday, and it will go through several more beta versions before it’s ready for prime time.

Most likely, any real iPhone 3GS limitations won’t be revealed until the final release of iOS 5 in a few months.

Here’s a video walkthrough of iOS 5 running on an iPhone 3Gs, courtesy of 9to5Mac:

As you can tell, the first iOS 5 beta seems to run pretty well on the 3GS.

Are you waiting to upgrade from your iPhone 3GS this fall? Apple could introduce a new iPhone in September with iOS 5 pre-installed.

[CNET]

  • Burge

    Just been talking to a dev and he will upgrade me to iOS 5 beta..the only thing is how about downgrade if needed ? …just might have to just to give it a whirl…oh yes this is on a 3GS …

    • We have many articles on how to downgrade. Process is the same. You’ll obviously need you SHSH blobs

  • This fall !!!!!!!
    Could u tell me which month ??

  • Mina

    What is the baseband of the new IOS 5 ???

    • Aleksander Azizi

      05.16.02 on iPhone 3Gs 😉

  • So does that mean that iOS 5 won’t even install on an iPhone 3G? As far as I know, iOS 4.x is able to install on a 3G although many features aren’t available.

    • Aleksander Azizi

      Yup, No iOS 5 for iPhone 3G…. It allmost laggs on my 3Gs! On a 3G? It wouldnt work….

      • Dustin

        My iPhone 3GS doesn’t lag on iOS 4. Try disabling the Spotlight search. That frees some RAM on the iPhone. Especially useful when you don’t even use the search at all.

    • Tom

      Dude you have iOS 4.3.3 on ur 3G ? Cause I can only go up to iOS 4.2.1

      • Josh

        I have iOS 5beta3 on my iPhone 3G!

  • Aleksander Azizi

    so nobody jumps to conclusions, that facetime message is actually iMessages… 😉 It shocked me when i got that msg on my screen! x)

  • Dustin

    I’m pretty sure that most features will work on the 3GS. The new camera app with the auto exposure should only run on the iPhone 4. I don’t see a need with Auto exposure on the 3GS, unless you like taking photos with It. The basic photo editor should be enough to cover that.

    iOS 5 still has things to be tweaked out before final. So we may expect limitations. We’ll see. Still, the Cortex-A8 on the 3GS is still fast as the A4 on the iPhone 4.

  • Ken

    Any idea on battery drain issue on iOS5 (3GS)?

  • Ali

    In order to install iOS 5 beta you have to be a developer or have someone activated your UDID. There are some people selling this option on eBay. Does anyone know if it’s reliable or not?

    • How can I talk to a dev so that he can upgrade me to ios 5 and what if you become a dev ten how do you download the ios and put it in the iPhone. I hve 3gs. ?? Any help please

      • Ali

        There is a method you can update your iPhone to iOS5 beta without asking a dev for UDID activation.

      • I want to know HOW ? can you tell me ?

      • I want to know HOW ? can you tell me ? ?

      • I want to know HOW ? can you tell me ? ? What is udid ?

  • Rafay

    How can I talk to a dev so that he can upgrade me to ios 5 and what if you become a dev ten how do you download the ios and put it in the iPhone. I hve 3gs.

  • Will iOs5 really work on iPhone 3gs?