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Apple CEO Jobs: no more upgrades for original iPhone

In a reply to a customer email, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has said that the original iPhone won’t be supported by future software updates. Twitter user Ven000m asked Jobs in an email if Apple would be “supporting/updating” the original iPhone in the future, to which the regularly terse Jobs replied, “sorry, no.” Apple made no mention of the original iPhone or the first-generation iPod touch during its iPhone OS 4 special event last week, where it announced that the new multitasking features would be limited to the iPhone 3GS and third-generation iPod touch, with the iPhone 3G receiving a stripped down upgrade; later comments from Jobs during a Q & A session suggested the company was ceasing support for its oldest iPhone OS devices. [via Engadget]

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Not really a surprise but what ticks me off (as an 1G Touch owner) is that they’re not going to fix the problems with the 3.1.x versions of the OS. Typical Apple behavior…did you want the bug fixed…buy new hardware.

Really I don’t think it’s too much to ask they the fix the bugs before moving on to the next version. Especially since I had to pay for the upgrade.

Posted by Duncan on April 12, 2010 at 5:24 PM (CDT)


Hmmm… well, on one hand, it doesn’t seem so bad for a device like a phone, which is very portable and heavily subsidized…

But what does this mean for something like the iPad? 2 years of software updates and then nothing? That doesn’t sound so great to me…

I mean, I know I’m jumping to conclusions, but it’s most likely going to be the case…

Posted by ort on April 12, 2010 at 6:25 PM (CDT)


This might come as a surprise to his royal jobness, but my iPhone was my first and will most likely be the last (cr)apple product I buy…

Posted by The Digital Alchemist on April 12, 2010 at 7:47 PM (CDT)


Probaly most of the original iPhones will be replaced, anyway.

Posted by Dick Bacon on April 12, 2010 at 8:57 PM (CDT)


Gimme a break.

Apple gives free updates for 2-3 years and you expect them for life.

When your Palm, Symbian, Sharp, Xbox, Sega, Nintendo, Wii, etc… upgraded a generation of the product or two generations did you get or even expect free updates? (Not bug fixes, I mean new features)

Turns out the IRS and SEC demand that a company that is going to give free upgrades needs to carry the cost (an accrual) on their books from the time of the original sale.  Only company that did that until recently was Apple.  They set a standard and you whine.

BTW Good luck with your Android upgrades… yes, some will come, but sooner rather than later they will be pricey because of all the different platforms and customization by Motorola and HTC, et al.

Which reminds me…. did you ever get a Razr upgraded?  How about a Samsung phone? Or something from Symbian/Nokia

Having worked at Motorola, I can tell you it wasn’t in their gene pool to even think of that problem.

So quit bellyaching and go buy a Moto Android.  Enjoy it!  Call back in three years and tell us how great it is.


Posted by digitalFlack on April 12, 2010 at 9:02 PM (CDT)


This is not verry Ecologic and verry expensive decision for the clients. Imagine client, paying 700$ for only 3 years of life time! Killing the phone that gave you the success is not good.  How long it will take,  for the understanding, that mAking product with short life, kills faster our planet.

Can’t Waite for the time, the time when one will construct, with the future in the head.  Will love to upgrade my CPU, RAM… Or any other component in my phone. Think green!

Product shuld at least be supported minimum 10 years by the law, because corp only think pocket.

My two cents, with iPhone

Posted by The Thinker on April 12, 2010 at 9:03 PM (CDT)


You are taking this to a ridiculous extreme. It’s not like the phone is going to stop working. It just won’t have folders or multitasking. Not really that big of a deal.

Posted by Ort on April 12, 2010 at 9:18 PM (CDT)


Not surprised. The original iPhone is almost three now? That’s getting long in the tooth for those batteries.

I’ve bought a new iPod almost every year since the 6GB Mini was released, and though my memory isn’t the best, I can’t recall Apple issuing an update for any iPod that was more than one year old. I’m a little surprised they’ve supported it as long as they have. After all, hardware is their meat and potatoes.

Posted by Paul on April 12, 2010 at 9:58 PM (CDT)


Pre-app store, I had my 1st gen iphone jailbroken so I could get the extended functionality and games and general customizability I wanted. Once the App Store opened up, I returned to the fold since most of what I wanted was there. Guess it’s time to jailbreak once again since you can actually GET multitasking and Finder-like functionality on the 1st gen iphone via jailbreak apps. It’s annoying but, as some have pointed out, updates were never done for most of the phones I’d owned previously and were very difficult to do for my Nokia 6682…and it’s not like the iphone 2G is going to suddenly stop working.

Yeah, the battery’s long in the tooth but I was just about to get that replaced this week anyway by an independent shop ($20 less expensive than going the Apple route).

Posted by videoflyer on April 13, 2010 at 12:11 AM (CDT)


Why expect permenent upgrades?  Apple supports their products like no other company.  Remember the iPhone killer LG Voyager?  Where are those phones now?  The 1g iPhone can still run new apps, you just won’t have all the featues of OS 4.

Posted by Dan on April 13, 2010 at 12:40 AM (CDT)



Posted by A Working stiff on April 13, 2010 at 12:52 AM (CDT)


I am of mixed feelings about this.

On the one hand, this addresses something I had mused about: if Apple actually makes the iPhone OS a genuine platform, they will always be hampered by their anemic first outings for the iPhone and touch. By showing their long running willingness to leave previous customers out of the loop if they won’t upgrade hardware, it gives them more freedom to alter hardware as time goes by since the precedent is now established: don’t expect your iPhone OS device to necessarily support future versions.

On the other hand, it re-establishes Apple’s long running treatment of consumers as a disposable commodity and destroys any notion that we can view the iPhone OS as a true platform. The iPhone OS will become a consumable product in and of itself with no guarantee of anything more than a year or two of extendability on current hardware.

Hopefully as hardware becomes more robust such cutting loose of older hardware will become the exception instead of the rule.

Posted by Code Monkey on April 13, 2010 at 10:57 AM (CDT)

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