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iOS 5 and iPhone 3GS update ultimatum

Yesterday we discovered that Apple had managed to sell over 4 million iPhone 4S handsets in its first three days of being available. It was also revealed that existing iPhone owners were upgrading to the new operating system iOS 5, but we’re wondering whether it is such a good idea for owners of the iPhone 3GS, being left with an ultimatum, to do the same.

Software updates are of course beneficial in nearly all cases, bringing new features, but for some hardware owners it becomes ‘a scary proposition’ as the upgrade may be mean the death of a device as we know it. Any bug or glitch could damage a handset permanently or force an owner to live with the kind of problems that are irreversible.

Upgrades are also extremely useful for those that can’t afford to get the latest version of their devices, for example for those that own an iPhone 3GS but can’t afford the iPhone 4S. For these people an upgrade to iOS 5 makes sense, especially considering it’s free. The question is whether or not a two-and-a-half year old device can handle the latest software?

According to Cnet there have been some complaints from owners of the iPhone 3GS upgrading to the latest iOS in the past, with issues concerning the battery life being drained and a slower interface. These issues normally get corrected with bug fixes from Apple, but come a while later. The biggest issues with iOS 5 on these older iPhones is again the battery life, some complaining it has been reduced to 6 hours without use and just 4 hours with occasional use. There have also been complaints that the devices become sluggish, problems like these can be helped by changing certain settings such as the brightness and turning Wi-Fi off when not in use.

At the end of the day, iPhone 3GS owners can be happy that their old devices can actually support the latest software and still work. iOS 5 has over 200 updates so in my opinion is well worth the sacrifices. Do you own an iPhone 3GS? Have you had any problems with the iOS 5 update?

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