Apple showed off its new wares to the world today, but the biggest surprise wasn’t a shiny new “one last thing…” gizmo. Nope: it’s that the 2009 iPhone 3GS getting iOS 6. Is this the longest lasting smartphone ever?
Launched at WWDC three years ago, the iPhone 3GS is still on sale – and by releasing iOS 6 for it, Apple has just extended its life even further. It’s not clear which features it will be missing, though it’s unlikely to offer Siri-powered voice control and navigation in the new Maps app.
Apple infamously updated the iPhone 3G to iOS 4 two years ago, but received much backlash: it lacked the multi-tasking other models received, and actually slowed down devices in some cases. But Apple’s iPhone 3GS received almost every feature in last year’s iOS 5 update, and looks set to get the same again.
Why is Apple bothering, so long after launch, when it’s already dropping support for the first iPad? The answer is simply that it’s still on sale. And let’s face it, while the iPhone 4 and 4S are significantly more powerful devices, the iPhone 3GS is still an impressive device that can almost match them for software functionality (although with our nitpicking pants on, we do wish its camera was a bit better).
What do you think? Would you buy an iPhone 3GS in 2012, knowing that it’ll support Apple’s new iOS? Or does it belong in the past? Let us know in the comments below.