Apple Forces iPhone Apps To Go Retina Display, iPhone 3GS On The Way Out?



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26 responses to “Apple Forces iPhone Apps To Go Retina Display, iPhone 3GS On The Way Out?”

  1. liamdaly says:

    About time

  2. Georgesab says:

    I’m guessing the iPod Touch 3G will go out too. Hopefully with a iPod Touch 5G being released then I’m predicting we may see like we saw years ago.

    The 5th generation 32GB and 64GB iPod Touch, whilst the 8GB/Possibly a new 16GB is only the 4th generation.

  3. Blake Beavers says:

    Well its about damn time…

  4. Tiago Matos says:

    Enforcing that rule doesn’t really mean breaking 3GS app support. It stops developers from trying to put only lower resolution resources into apps that they want to put up on the App Store. It’s just that currently, most of iPhones out there have a retina display, so it’s about raising the “quality” bar for new apps. It’s up to the developers to decide whether to keep releasing apps with lower resolution resources.

    Besides that, older iPhones are still very much capable of displaying and handling higher resolution images.

  5. pollix says:

    I love my 3GS!  I’ve seen the retina display on my friends iPhone 4/4S and it’s brilliant.  I agree with Apple that you can’t hang onto the past, but I don’t see the 3GS just being a piece of trash.  What I see happening is what Apple did with the older iPhones.  They simply won’t allow newer software to update on the 3GS.

  6. Mike Rathjen says:

    The iPhone is dead. Long live the iPhone.

  7. Caspian says:

    XCode round of update imminent.

  8. rjove696 says:

    Hmm, interesting. I see this as a sign that Apple won’t release a 4″ iPhone :-(

  9. 300AShareMakesMeSmile says:

    I’m certainly waiting for a new model iPod Touch.  It hope it comes with an A6 processor but if an A5 with Siri capabilty is the best Apple can do, I’ll take it.

  10. t87 says:

    Good riddance I say.

  11. t87 says:

    Don’t be an ignorant dick.

  12. sn0wball says:

    3gs was my first smartphone. it was/is a good phone ill be sad to see it go. however that’s life, gotta keep moving forward.

  13. sn0wball says:

    i was thinking the same thing

  14. Mike Rathjen says:

    When the old king dies and the young prince is crowned, as the old saying goes, “The king is dead. Long live the king.” The saying simultaneously mourns the old king’s death and celebrates the new king’s succession to power.

    In this case, the iPhone3Gs is the old king and the upcoming iPhone5 (or perhaps the 4S) is the new king. Perhaps my play on words was not particularly witty, but I don’t think it makes me “an ignorant dick”.

    In any case, thank you for your well-reasoned and intelligent response.

  15. Ricardo Morgado Ferreira says:


  16. Eduard Tiesto says:

    spot-on, mango. LOVED your measured and polite reply to t87 (who`s like the poster person – to be PC – for spiteful, inconsequential comments that make me dread the comment section on any site). gotta fight them with class. you`re my hero for today :)

  17. SevanGrim says:

    …why exactly would the 5 have a a6 processor when the 5 was named 5 to get ready for the 5, and the 5 hasnt even reached its full potential yet?

  18. SevanGrim says:

    Iphone 4 isnt going free. Its still too young. It will probably go super cheap (40-100) and maybe it will have its random free specials with carriers, but the 3gs was old. the 4 wont go free until the 5s comes out.

  19. Al says:

    Agreed, well done Mango. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who post before they think, if they think at all.

  20. Al says:

    Although, they could still release a 4″ in addition to the 3.5″. The 4″ could just be slightly less retina, but the same number of pixels?

  21. gareth edwards says:

    I’m still rocking a 3G.

  22. joewaylo says:

    Nah. They won’t ditch the 3GS. They just require that they meet iPhone 4’s software support along with the oldies. And ditch their 2.0/3.0 screenshots. There’s 25%?? of the apps that are still 3.1.3 and haven’t moved along to 4.0. Any app dated 2009 haven’t even added 4.0 or 5.0.

    Even the best apps on there are 2009 now. NGMOCO ditched their updating days on some of their best apps like Eliminate Pro and GodFinger?? The app where you build villages and people.
    Apple still has to support the oldies now and then. Even if the iPhone, 3G, and 3GS are several years old. They can’t remove customer service from their old devices completely.

  23. Fring says:

    Yeah, we’ll done A-Mango, an intelligent reposte. I’m afraid I can rarely be so patient and as I get older, tend to go for the hole-in-one rapier thrust retort. Oh…and mix metaphors galore of course.

  24. Zach Crandell says:

    Once you go retina.. you can’t really go back to anything else :P

  25. Daniel says:

    Dude…. Eliminate Pro was awesome!

  26. David_Lazarus says:

    Apple need to start with the Apple Store App, and make it an iPad app as well.

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