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New iPhone for every new release

Nick Sher
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In just two or three years Apple does not support 2G and 3G version of its phone. Does that mean that an application developer has to get the latest phone every time Apple decides to update its iOS and phones. For example, after iphone4 came out firmware 4 is no longer supported on iPhone 2G and 3G, so a developer has to purchase a new iPhone to test his application?

Is that what everyone is doing?


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David Newton
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I thought there was an emulator.

In any case, I don't know anybody with a 2G anymore, and only one person with a 3G. Still know a few with 3GSs. But a *LOT* of people upgrade; thus is the nature of Apple fans.
Mark Spritzler
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David Newton wrote:I thought there was an emulator.

In any case, I don't know anybody with a 2G anymore, and only one person with a 3G. Still know a few with 3GSs. But a *LOT* of people upgrade; thus is the nature of Apple fans.


My wife has my old 3G. I have an iPhone4, only because I have an iPhone 3GS that is jailbroken at 3.1.2 and I didn't want to upgrade that phone to iOS4 version. But an iPhone 3GS can be upgraded to iOS4.

Also, realize that because you write apps your iPhone purchase and monthly bill can be deducted from your taxes because you are selling your apps and you have to test your apps on the device with connectivity.

Mark


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