If you own an iPhone 3G and happened to update to iOS 4 earlier today, you were probably already aware that you wouldn’t have access to all of the OS’s new features, such as multitasking. What you probably weren’t aware of, however, was that you also wouldn’t be able to change the iPhone background to something other than the standard black backdrop that has shipped with every iPhone to date.
So what gives?
Well, why rummage around Apple support forums for answers when you can ask Apple’s CEO instead.
Her email reads:
Hey Steve! I just upgraded my iPhone 3G to iOS 4 and was really looking forward to setting a background on my home screen. Guess that’s not happening, but I’d like to know why.
See, I get why you don’t include multitasking. My iPhone gets pretty hot when certain apps run, couldn’t imagine how multitasking would fry my phone.
But the background thing, I don’t see how that would be memory intensive and/or battery draining. It doesn’t seem like that feature needs to be exclusive to the 3GS and 4G.
I hope this email finds you in good health.
The icon animation with backgrounds didn’t perform well enough.
I guess the iPhone 3G, which was king of the hill just 2 short years ago, just isn’t man enough to handle everything that iOS 4 brings to the table.