In my opinion, Apple has done pretty well with supporting its devices in terms of keeping the operating system up-to-date. The iPhone 3Gs, 4, and 4S all currently run iOS 5, and they all will run iOS 6 when it’s released later this fall. The older devices will obviously miss out on a few features, but there’s still a lot coming to users of the 3GS and 4.
In fact, Apple is still hard at work to bring even more features to users of the 3GS. MacRumors has learned that, in the latest beta of iOS 6, Apple has added two more features to the device: Shared Photo Streams and VIP mailboxes. These two features aren’t very intensive, of course, so it only makes sense that Apple was able to add them to the oldest currently-selling iPhone. Still, the addition of these two features brings the restrictions page on Apple’s website down from eight to six.
I don’t personally know anyone who still uses an iPhone 3GS, but I do know that there are a lot of people who do use it. It’s free on-contract from AT&T and is relatively cheap unlocked, making it a perfect solution for new smartphone users or developing countries. And Apple supports the three-year-old device very well, so it should have a lot of life left in it. A free smartphone with great support is a fantastic value proposition.
Are any of you still using an iPhone 3GS?