- iPhone Beginner
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How long will an iPhone be worth having?
I got my iPhone 3gs when it was the mist expensive phone in uk and don't think I ever will be able to do that again. So how long will this 3gs be worth keeping? Will the app store now run forever? Will cydia and jailbreaking be around long? When will something new other than touch screen come along? Any input appreciate however small. Thanks guys.
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I will have had my 3G two years in November. If I had to keep it another two years I probably would happy. I mean I just got it working the way I want it tto by now!!
Don't get me wrong. I will most likely get the iP4 this Christmas as an Update/Upgrade. But if I was not financially able to for whatever reason, I would just fine.
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- 08-24-2010, 08:04 AM #17iMore Intermediate
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My guess, and this is just a guess, is that apple will stop supporting the 3GS when the iPhone 5 comes out. Judging by past upgrades and release dates, that will be a little less than two years from now. There will be an improved iP4 model that will release next June and then the iP5 will release in June '12.
Apple stopped fully supporting the 3G with the release of the iP4 because it was gimped in terms of computing power when compared to the 3GS and 4. The 3GS, though, is very similar in ability to the 4, so I think Apple will be able to continue supporting it in future iOS versions without fracturing the operating system. Until the 5, that is.
- 08-24-2010, 04:54 PM #18
I have thoght about this before myself but in a different way...How high can Apple go with the numbers? The iPhone 4 will probably be the last number...iPhone 5 sounds strange. Can you imagine, the Iphone 10...Any thoughts on what the next iPhone might be called? 4gs?
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- 08-24-2010, 05:10 PM #20iPhone Intermediate
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I trust they have a team of folks working on this very problem. Marketing is so undervalued.
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- 08-24-2010, 06:36 PM #22iPhone Newbie
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Looks like iPhones are updated each year but the previous years model is sold for $100.00 for the next year. I would assume that Apple would support something for at least a year after last sale. So each model gets 3 years of support. However so far each year there have been enough new features in the phones to justify an upgrade - though I waited almost 3 year and went from a 2G to the 4!
- 08-25-2010, 03:52 AM #23
if you are a fashion man , you must throw about you iphon 3g and waiting for the iphone 5 which is coming soon . else you cherish you iphone 3g as long as it doesn't disturb you life !
for me , i am now using a iphone 3g too , i mainly care about the feature of watching videos , as i am a movie fan , as long as it can play videos , and combining my Aneeosft iphone video converter, i will keep it forever !
- 08-25-2010, 04:19 AM #24iPhone Newbie
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Itunes software and how you can add apps to your phone through itunes will continue for years to come imo, or at least it should.
It will be the i devices that will be updates throughout the years. This would make sense tbf, I would like to think I have the option to keep my iphone 3gs in 5,10 or however many years within the future and updates are still ongoing within firmware, and to different apps.
- 08-25-2010, 06:08 AM #25iMore Intermediate
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I don't doubt that the phone will be usable for many years to come, but the question is will it be fully supported? Will you still be able to DL all the latest and greatest apps 5 years from now? My guess is no. Once the newer phones lap existing in terms of processing power and ability, Apple will stop fully supporting those phones that can't perform like newer models.