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iOS 4: iPhone 3G Couldn’t Handle Backgrounds

If you are one of the thousands upon thousands of Apple iPhone, or iPod Touch users who have downloaded and installed Apple’s new iOS 4, you may have run into certain problems. But one strange omission that Apple decided to leave out of the update is being able to change your home screen background.

As widely reported, iOS 4 is compatible with the Apple iPhone 3G, 3GS and Touch, but it seems that older devices do not support custom homescreen backgrounds, Bluetooth keyboard support and data protection.

The latter two can be explained due to hardware capabilities, but the reason why Apple decided to remove the custom background feature is questionable, since it does not require significant hardware for the feature to work.

One user even went as far as emailing Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple to ask why it was not supported, and received a response that stated “the icon animation with backgrounds didn’t perform well enough.”

The more informed Apple heads will know that custom wallpapers have been supported on many jailbroken iPhones for some time, so I suppose this does not exactly tie in with Steve Jobs and Apple’s interpretation of ‘performing well enough.’

Personally, I think iPhone and Touch users would have been perfectly happy if Steve and co. said that the feature was an option, but not fully up to scratch with Apple standards, this way the end user could have made the decision for themselves.

Either way, we don’t have that option, so let the ranting commence in our comment section below.

Source: Mac Rumors

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