The original Apple iPhone was named the "most influential gadget of all time" this week, topping a list of 50 gadgets curated by Time magazine. The iPhone was one of several Apple products to make the top 50, including the iPod, iBook laptop, iPad and the Macintosh computer. In fact, the Macintosh ranked number 3, right behind the Sony Trinitron television and ahead of the Sony Walkman.
Looking to bring some of the best features of iOS 7 to older devices, such as the original iPhone or the iPhone 3G? For those iPhone fans who are still rocking these Apple-unsupported devices, Whited00r provides a custom firmware option to modernize their look and feel. Whited00r is fully optimized for the older hardware, and completely customizable by the user.
The latest version of Whited00r supports both the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G, as well as the iPod touch first and second generation. Besides replicating the design and features of iOS 7, Whited00r is engineered for speed. Should the look of iOS 4.2.1 or iOS 3.1.3 be missed, reversing a Whited00r installation is achieved by simply restoring to original Apple firmware via iTunes.
After almost six years of service, the original iPhone is set to be labeled "obsolete" by Apple retail stores starting on June 11, 2013. So what does this mean for owners of the first iPhone? Devices classified as obsolete are no longer eligible for parts replacement or repairs, even if the owner would like to pay for Apple to provide this service. So is it game over for the original iPhone?
Not entirely. Although in Apple retail stores, Asia-Pacific, Europe and other regions around the globe the original iPhone will be classified as obsolete, in the United States the device will officially be "vintage". Vintage status means the original iPhone can still be serviced by an Authorized Service Provider who is contacted directly.
Must be sad to be an old iPhone, or an original iPhone user for that matter. After almost three years in circulation, the aluminum-backed iPhone is officially obsolete. Apple's iPhone 4 upgrade will not run on the earliest iPhone hardware at all.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs confirmed that the company would cease support for the original iPhone in an email this week. When asked if the device would see any future updates he simply replied, "Sorry, no."
The latest firmware update released by Apple may have improved security and added features, but some iPhone owners are having problems. Reports from users on the Apple support forums indicate a major problem with updating to iPhone OS 3.1 on the iPhone 3G.
Users are ending up with bricked phones, and iPhones that crash several times, requiring a hard reboot. Holding the sleep and home button doesn't always work, however. Some users are finding it necessary to downgrade to iTunes 8 and firmware 3.0.1 to solve the problems.