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iOS 4 Device Eligibility Breakdown and Matrix

by Rob   on June 25, 2010
Filed under Apple, Devices, Firmware, News, Tips and How-To's

ios4logoss iOS 4 Device Eligibility Breakdown and MatrixThere’s one thing for certain about iOS 4 that I’ve seen over and over again is the confusion over what devices are eligible and what features will those devices get.  So, here’s a little breakdown to help bring reason to the madness that I created to help determine if your 3rd generation iPod Touch will get multitasking (it doesn’t), or if your iPhone 3G is eligible for homescreen wallpapers (it’s not).

The basic crux of iOS 4 is that it is targeted at the latest iPhone and iPod Touches, anything that is not current may receive the update but those devices will lack features.  The “current” devices are the iPhone 3GS and the new iPhone 4 along with the 3rd generation iPod Touch (16gb and 32gb versions).  Anything else will get some subset of features of iOS excluding the original iPhone (iPhone 2G) and the original iPod Touch which are not eligible for the new OS on any level.

So here we go:

Device iOS 4 Eligible Features iMovie
iPhone 4
Release: 2010
Yes, Ships With All Yes
iPhone 3GS
Release: 2009
Yes, Upgrade No Video Zoom (camera has digital zoom) No
iPhone 3G
Release: 2008
Yes, Upgrade No Multitasking,
No Homescreen Wallpaper
No
iPhone “2G”
Release: 2007
Not Eligible
iPod Touch 16,32,64GB
Release: 2009 3rd Gen
Yes, Upgrade All No
iPod Touch 8GB
Release: 2008 (Current 3rd Gen 8GB Model)
Yes, Upgrade No Multitasking,
No Homescreen Wallpaper
No
iPod Touch All Sizes
Release: 2008 2rd Gen
Yes, Upgrade No Multitasking,
No Homescreen Wallpaper
No
iPod Touch All Sizes
Release: 2007 1st Gen (Plastic Screen)
Not Eligible

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