iOS 5 May Not Support iPhone 3GS

As Apple continues to improve upon its iPhone with speedy processors and powerful software, it’s only natural that at some point older devices will get left behind. The iPhone 3G had its nose pushed out with the release of iOS 4.3 earlier this year, and with iOS 5 just around the corner, the iPhone 3GS could be next.

According to Eldar Murtazin, the editor-in-chief of the Russian blog Mobile-Review, iOS 5 will not be compatible with devices released before the iPhone 4…

In a message posted to Twitter, Murtazin wrote:

Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3Gs wont be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will.

No support for the iPhone 3GS makes us think that Apple’s A4 chip will be a minimum requirement for running the iOS 5 software, which we expect to be unveiled at WWDC this June. Don’t be too down-hearted, though – as the iPhone 3G proved, installing software on a device that doesn’t really have enough power to handle it can be an agonizing experience.

Those who upgraded their second-generation iPhones to the iOS 4 software encountered a plethora of problems, mostly due to its painfully slow performance on the aging device. Some users got so angry that they even threatened Apple with lawsuits for not allowing them to downgrade their firmware.

With that said, it’s probably best you stick to iOS 4.x on your 3GS if you want to keep it running smoothly anyway.