Because apparently, the i Phone 3G needs to be restored, rather than updated, for things to work properly.
We aren't sure why, but what we do know is that in order to get i OS 4 onto your i Phone 3G, you must do a restore (not an upgrade).
Would really Like some feedback as I am pretty confused by it all.
Thank you Lucy I think what they are saying is no we can't update our 3g's but we can now get older versions of other apps in the App Store that will work with the 3GS not everything but some games and apps will do this. I'm tossing my 3G to the garbage, kissing Apple's ass goodbye and getting myself a nice little Android phone: Samsung Galaxy S3 ;) Way to take care of your customers, Apple!
It is for you, the faithful Apple consumers whose upgrades have gone awry, that we post this little tidbit and attempt to help you maintain your sanity.
While we can't help much with the activation errors that some of you have had (potentially due to overloaded communications between Apple), we There are two ways that the software on an i Pod, i Phone or i Pad can be updated.
For example you want to get candy crush but you couldnt get it last time you tried. Do you know that samsung too has got models that can't be upgraded above Android 2.6?
well now maybe they have an older version that's compatable with your phone. This is common in most phone manufacturers when they realize the hardware requirement cannot meet latest versions of their OS's.
To avoid this, it was suggested one restore their i Phone 3G first. You should be greeted with a notice that i OS 4 is available. Before you install you’re going to want to ‘restore’ your device.
Updating to i OS 4 on any i Phone 3G or 3GS should be easy-as-pie, and it is. First, connect your i Phone to your desktop via your sync cable.
However, after having read this report by the good folks at TUAW this morning, I figured I should take heed and do things the proper way. i Tunes should pop open, provide you have ‘Open i Tunes when this i Phone is connected’ ticked off in your summary tab.
The truth is that as long as you back up your device first, a restore isn't very much different from an update, other than the fact that it will take considerably longer to complete.
This is because rather than just attempting to update only the changed parts of the i OS software (as an update would do), i Tunes completely erases the device, installing a 'clean' operating system, and then it restores your various settings and syncs your apps and music back to your i Pod or i Phone.