Help with old school iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone 3GS' started by Apple iAddicted, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. Apple iAddicted

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    My friend has a older iPhone it was reset to factory default and has iOS 4.2 he needs to upgrade is this a 3Gs iPhone or the old 2G and how can he get it to find updated iOS


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  2. RoofMonkey

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    Should be able to just plug it into iTunes and check for an update.

    If I understand your question right. ?

    3GS should take 5.1.1
    2g should only go to 4.2.1 I believe
     
  3. Apple iAddicted

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    Is there any way to tell if it a 3Gs or 2G?


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  4. Kgd0630

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    ? Do you have the phone or your friend?


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  5. Bennyboy

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    If it records videos it's a 3GS. I thought on the 3GS it said 3GS on the back.
     
  6. Kgd0630

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    Weren't all the 2Gs silver and really flat on the back?


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  7. Europa

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    The original iPhone (commonly referred to as the 2G) is silver on the back. The 3G and 3GS look the same (plastic back) and are white or black. Input the serial number here and it will tell you which model it is:
    https://selfsolve.apple.com/GetWarranty.do
    The serial number can be found here:
    Settings > General > About > Serial Number
     
  8. Bennyboy

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    my bad, yes I read 3G or 3GS.
     
  9. RoofMonkey

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    ImageUploadedByiCafe1339328091.011468.jpg
    Sorry pic is so small. 2g vs 3gs
     
  10. Europa

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    It sounds like it's an iPhone 3G, but checking the link I posted (post #7) will tell you with certainty. It's definitely not a 2G (original iPhone) since it's running 4.x firmware. 3.1.3 was the last supported firmware for that model. 4.2.1 was the last supported firmware for the 3G.
     
  11. Apple iAddicted

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    Ok so the 2G isn't second generation it was 3G then 3Gs is third damn I thought it wax 2G- 3Gs- 4- 4s but it really 2G- 3G- 3Gs- 4- 4s lol more confusing than Todd Macfarlaine's Spawn comics lol


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  12. snowtrooper1966

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    Nothing is that confusing....
     
  13. Mathew Connelly

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    Correct. Original iPhone is the one with silver back.
    Second gen iPhone is called 3G
    Third gen is called 3GS
    Fourth gen is 4
    Fifth gen is 4S

    iPhones do not mention the generation neither their editions (i.e. 3G, 3GS, etc) at the back. It simply says "iPhone".

    The pic below shows from top to bottom an iPhone 1 generation, iPhone 3GS (can recognize it by the white color), last is either iPhone 4th, or 5th generation - physically the same.



    3G and 3GS (2nd gen and 3rd gen) iPhones are also physically indistinguishable. Easiest way to tell them apart is as Bennyboy said to see whether it has ability to record videos.

    To see whether there is an update available for your friend's iPhone, connect it to his iTunes. If a message appears prompting to upgrade the iPhone's iOS, follow through. If it doesn't and you have 4.2.1 installed already, then it is a 3G (2nd generation).
     

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