There had been speculation prior to WWDC that Apple might exclude the iPhone 3GS from the benefits of the iOS 5 update. As we now know, iOS 5 will indeed be coming to the 3GS when it arrives sometime this fall. However, as it did with the release of iOS 4 last year, Apple has confirmed that some devices might not get all of the features that iOS 5 brings to the table.
iOS 5 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch (fourth generation) and iPod touch (third generation) this fall. Some features may not be available on all products.
The company hasn’t confirmed which device or devices those are but the iPhone 3GS is a pretty strong bet. It also hasn’t stated what features will be missing on these mystery products but lucky for us, the iOS 5 beta is in full swing and has provided some answers.
iOS 5 for iPhone 3GS Video
So here is the stuff that works. Twitter integration is a go. The new Notifications are going to be working. The new Newsstand feature and the store will be included. Grid lines and some of the extra settings in the Camera app are there. Reading List within Safari is also going to be available on the iPhone 3GS.
Now, the stuff that’s not there. So far, the big things that are missing are the image editing features including red eye removal, cropping and magic wand as well as the Reader feature. That’s all that’s missing thus far and but we still have a few months to go before it’s released which means both lists are subject to change.
As for performance on the iPhone 3GS, the author of this video exclaims that it works “flawlessly.” So, we’ve come from not happening at all to a flawless experience that is only missing a couple of features. Not bad, eh 3GS owners?
If you want to get down on the iOS 5 beta, there are ways to do so right now.
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