• http://twitter.com/dergal Gerry

    Are iPhone 1st gens still in good condition after a couple of years in pockets? My 2nd gen 20 months on is literally falling apart (though that may have something to do with my daughter chewing on it once too often when I blink …). I thought that most iphone users are probably the type that want to jump on the next device anyhow…

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net Matt Radford

    Some will be, some won’t be. But bear in mind – the original iPhone didn’t appear until November 2007 in the UK, and we were one of the first markets to get them outside the US. The iPhone 3G wasn’t released until July 2008, so some original iPhones (sold until the 3G came out) will be under 2 years old.

  • Andy Cook

    As a 1st gen’ iPod Touch owner I am less than pleased to hear my expensive and still relatively new device will no longer be supported with new features to keep it current and compatible with the latest apps. There are obviously limits as to how long Apple can support devices but it feels way too soon to give up on my Touch. I can’t see any reason why I can’t I have folders, a unified inbox and wallpaper (and a dozen other tweaks, fixes and improvements).

    My Touch is still my first and only Apple product and I’ve been very happy with it but if this is what I can expect by way of longevity and support, I don’t feel much inclined to get any more of their stuff.

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net Matt Radford

    You’re right – it does leave people with original kit out in the cold. But it begs the question – how long is a reasonable amount of time to provide software updates?

  • Andy Cook

    Honest answer? Not until I’ve got a later model.

    I got my Touch in May 2008 – that ain’t long ago even in the fast changing tech’ world. Way too early to stop supporting it in my opinion.

  • http://www.allaboutiphone.net Matt Radford

    That isn’t long ago, in computing terms. But in mobile phone terms, it’s several product cycles ago. However, earlier protestations by Apple that features of software updates wouldn’t work on older models have been shown to be untrue.

    I have a hard time believing that the original iPhone and iPod touch so underpowered that they could not run a subset of OS 4.

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