While it seems most iOS 5 features will work just fine on the iPhone 3GS, the proof is in the pudding. Here's a video from AppleRumors.it (translated), an aptly named Italian Apple blog.

They do a side-by-side comparison between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 and it gives a good sense of the speed differences between the two.


It seems 3GS owners (including myself) have nothing to fear from iOS5.

Related Forum: iPhone

Top Rated Comments

grantrobarts Avatar
170 months ago
Is that a soundtrack from Age of Empires III or something?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
colmaclean Avatar
170 months ago
Good to know and thank crud there's a mute button for that soundtrack!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DerfBWH Avatar
170 months ago
Just for the sake of being 100% sure I first rebooted my phone - twice - and found that it was no faster than before I rebooted. I then Restored my phone using the iOS 5 Beta image again and still found the same annoying slowness.
Unless my 3GS is somehow slower than other 3GS's, iOS 5 does have an adverse effect on a 3GS's speed, at least at this early beta stage. I'd chalk this video up to being a poor demo.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hayhay Avatar
170 months ago
You suck at side by side comparisons...at least tap the items at the same time...or swipe at the same time...it's not an accurate comparison when you can't do it in unison.
Score: 0 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KayOhDiWhy Avatar
170 months ago
Aside from the looped ungodly soundtrack, their inability to do the same operations on two devices at once, and second-class imitation of Apple's pan-over-device-zoomed-in, I love the look of iOS 5. As a 3GS owner, I'm happy to know performance is zippy and in some cases (at least with this release) mine outperforms an iPhone 4. -jaw falls to the floor-

Though I can't say I'm thrilled for the final release. If iOS 5 follows iOS 4's release pattern, 4.0 beta was incredible, and by 4.0 beta 3 or 4 sending a text was a daunting task, let alone boot up. Hopefully Apple focuses on legacy performance a little more, even though it's technically a goal of theirs to encourage upgrades.
Score: 0 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Hellhammer Avatar
170 months ago
Well, none of the iOS 5's features is exactly CPU, GPU or RAM intensive, so if iOS 5 ran poorly in 3GS, it would have been another of those Apple's moves to force people to upgrade. Besides, 3GS's and iP4's hardware is almost identical, 4 has twice the RAM and couple hundred MHz faster CPU, that is all.
Score: -1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iOS 18 CarPlay Feature

iOS 18 Adds These 5 New Features to CarPlay

Thursday June 13, 2024 7:44 am PDT by
Apple did not mention CarPlay during its WWDC keynote this week, but iOS 18 includes a handful of new features for the in-car software. Overall, there is not a whole lot new for CarPlay on iOS 18, with changes seemingly limited to the Messages and Settings apps so far. Below, we recap everything new for CarPlay on iOS 18. New for CarPlay on iOS 18 1. Contact Photos in Messages App...
apple watch series 9 display

Kuo: Apple Watch Series 10 to Get Larger Screen and Thinner Design

Monday June 17, 2024 1:20 am PDT by
This year's Apple Watch Series 10 will be thinner and come in larger screen sizes than previous models, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In his latest industry note -10-and-98075c44ce92">shared on Medium, Kuo said the screen size options on the next-generation Apple Watch will increase from 41mm to 45mm, and from 45mm to 49mm, while being encased in a thinner design. For reference,...
iPod Nano vs iPod Pro Ad Feature 1

Apple Developing Thinner MacBook Pro, Apple Watch, and iPhone

Monday June 17, 2024 2:22 am PDT by
Apple intends to slim down the MacBook Pro, Apple Watch, and iPhone, with the new ultra-thin M4 iPad Pro a sign of the company's new design trajectory, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. When the M4 iPad Pro was unveiled last month, Apple touted it as the company's thinnest product ever, and even compared it to the 2012 iPod nano to emphasize its slim dimensions. Writing in the latest ...
iOS 18 Siri Integrated Feature

You Can Give Siri a New Name With iOS 18's Vocal Shortcuts

Friday June 14, 2024 4:33 pm PDT by
Apple in iOS 18 added a Vocal Shortcuts accessibility feature, and now that iOS 18 is available in a beta capacity, users have figured out that this option can be used to give Siri a new wake word. With Vocal Shortcuts, you can assign a custom phrase that Siri can understand to launch shortcuts and complete "complex tasks," and one of the shortcuts you can set up is an alternative for "Hey...
iOS 18 Wallet Feature

Here's What's New in Apple Wallet on iOS 18 for Event Tickets and More

Friday June 14, 2024 7:32 am PDT by
iOS 18 includes a handful of enhancements to the Wallet app on the iPhone, with new features for Apple Pay, Apple Cash, event tickets, and more. Below, we outline everything new for the Wallet app on iOS 18, based on information from Apple's press release and a WWDC 2024 coding session. Redesigned Event Tickets Event tickets have an all-new design in the Wallet app on iOS 18, complete...