Apple will not be making iOS 5 available for the iPhone 3GS, leaving millions of users stranded on iOS 4 when the update launches later this year. That’s according to renowned mobile watcher Eldar Murtazin, who tweeted the news yesterday.
His missive on Twitter read, “Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3GS wont be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will.” Murtazin has a strong reputation when it comes to inside rumours about the mobile industry. He called the Nokia/Microsoft tie-up when most thought such a deal was an impossibility.
Such a move by Apple would risk alienating many older users, but Cupertino will be banking on users of the two-year-old 3GS coming to the end of their contracts and upgrading to the new iPhone 5.
The iPhone 3G initially worked with iOS 4 last summer, but following a series of problems which caused devices to become slow and unresponsive, Apple pulled support with its iOS 4.3 update.