Help with old school iPhone

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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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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
 

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


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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


Sent from my 32GB iPhone 4s on iOS 5.1!
Only thing iPhone is missing is an expandable memory port! Come on Apple give us a microSD port already!
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
 

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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.
 

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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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Ok so the 2G isn't second generation it was 3G then 3Gs is third
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).