Apple is widely expected to unveil iOS 5 during WWDC 2011 and the latest rumor to hit the web is that iPhone 3GS will not support the upcoming software update for iOS devices. If we consider Apple’s software update release cycle the company tends to support and release the latest updates for the current gen model and the previous one.
This also suggests that Apple could be looking at a September launch event for iPhone 5 which would leave iOS 5 for the fifth gen and fourth gen iPhone.
It’s worth noting that Apple released iOS 4.0 for iPhone 3G, 3GS and fourth gen model. But, they stopped supporting iPhone 3GS since the first beta of iOS 4.3 was seeded to developers.
Earlier today MacStories noted that Eldar Murtazin, editor-in-chief of Russian mobile phone blog Mobile-Review in a tweet commented:
Just one comment. Apple iPhone 3Gs wont be upgradable to iOS 5.x. iPhone 4 will.
There is obviously no way to confirm this claim however, MacRumors notes that Murtazin “does have a very solid reputation in the mobile phone rumor community.”
This rumor is contrary to the report published by 9to5 Mac which noted that Apple had begun widespread testing of iOS 5 and iPhone 3GS was indeed included in the testing.