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iPhone 3GS Won’t Get iOS 7



The iPhone 3GS, Apple’s aging iPhone that was released more than three years ago, finally came to the end of its rope in terms of iOS updates today as Apple announced that it won’t be getting an upgrade to iOS 7 when the software is released later on this year.

In 2009, Apple released the iPhone 3GS, a device that is still available on-contract for those not looking to splurge on a new smartphone. The device surprisingly received a bare-bones update to iOS 6 though it appears that those who bought the iPhone 3GS recently or in the months past, won’t be getting the latest from Apple.


iPhone 3GS owners won’t get iOS 7.

Today at WWDC 2013, Apple announced that only a select group of devices would be getting iOS 7 when it arrives later on this fall. Specifically, the company named the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPod touch fifth-generation as the recipients of the update, meaning the iPhone 3GS is going to be stuck on iOS 6 going forward.

This should not come as too much of a surprise as the iPhone 3GS is an extremely old device, in smartphone years, and was seen as long-shot to get the revamped iOS 7. Of course, nothing is ruled out until Apple releases the software but at this point, things are not looking good for owners of the iPhone 3GS when it comes to iOS 7.

iOS 7 will arrive later on this year.

iOS 7 will arrive later on this year.

What this means is that owners are likely to miss out on new iOS features for the first time since the device’s arrival many years ago. That means no redesign, no AirDrop, no tweaked core applications like Calendar and Weather. Instead, users will have to make do with the features and look of iOS 6.

As for owners of other devices, iOS 7 will ring in a new era of iOS software with new colors, a brand new look to the user interface that is much flatter than the previous versions, a host of new features and a release date that is said to be coming this fall.

Apple tends to reveal more about its software at its iPhone events and with the iPhone 5S rumored for later this year, we expect to hear more about iOS 7, and its release then.



  1. Salvo

    06/10/2013 at 12:38 pm

    too bad..

  2. Johnathan

    06/10/2013 at 12:39 pm

    The 3GS was released in 2009, the 4 in 2010…

  3. Antony

    06/10/2013 at 2:18 pm


  4. mnhd99

    06/10/2013 at 11:36 pm

    I have an iPhone 3GS so too bad for me

  5. Sir Froggy

    06/11/2013 at 2:38 am

    Sounds like a good time for switching to Android….

  6. Chris

    06/11/2013 at 4:19 am

    I don’t think iOS 7 will work on iPad (3rd Gen) it says on Apple’s website: iPad 2 and iPad with Retina Display (4th Gen) not the 3rd Gen (called The New iPad)

    Click on the link and look at compatibility on Apples Website

    • Bob S.

      07/29/2013 at 9:10 am

      iPad 3 certainly does have the Retina Display, that is why they listed the iOS 7 compatibility the way they did. In fact you have the models completely backward, the iPad 4th generation is always referred to by Apple as the New iPad, not the other way around. Your logic that Apple would skip the faster and more modern iPad 3 but include the older iPad 2 makes no sense. Only the original iPad will not be upgradeable, just like any iPhone model prior to the iPhone 4.

  7. Kalamazoo

    06/11/2013 at 4:37 am

    I was so excited for the iOS 7 .. Now I can’t get it on my shitty 3Gs ! hopefully I get the 4s or 5 before it comes out !

  8. youy

    06/11/2013 at 8:02 pm

    time to switch to android i guess…no more updates for the apps until they freeze out…not for me

  9. JAy

    06/11/2013 at 10:57 pm

    too bad for my 3gs…..arrgh

  10. Birdas

    06/12/2013 at 3:36 am

    But. Think 3GS can jailbreak to ios7 sure!

  11. Kyle

    06/12/2013 at 6:00 pm

    If I can just jailbreak my 3GS it’s cool I wanna still use as a iPod

  12. abed

    06/14/2013 at 11:47 pm

    iiii neeed ios7 and i have iphone 3gs

  13. cees

    06/21/2013 at 1:04 pm

    It’s a shame that we can’t get an update for the 3GS What happens now?

  14. TechnicPro

    06/21/2013 at 11:37 pm

    iOS 7 will be to slow for the 3GS…my brother has got an iphone 4 with the iOS 7 beta and its very slow there

  15. Dmonite

    09/24/2013 at 4:51 pm

    Very bad for 3gs user

  16. Raja Nazar

    07/08/2014 at 9:31 am

    I phone 3GS still for sale in market many ppl buying if you realised iOS 7 so how we will download Facebook and other software please guide us

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