Apple iOS 4: iPhone 3G and the missing Wallpaper

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

I saw on Engadget, Why Your iPhone 3G Didn’t Get Backgrounds with iOS 4 — and wanted to comment.

The problem is people are unhappy their iPhone 3G (and older models) doesn’t have the ability for custom backgrounds.

From the article, a letter written to Steve Jobs and the response:

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.


.. and the reply by Steve Jobs …

The icon animation with backgrounds didn’t perform well enough.

Yes, it sucks that users don’t get new features (I did like the tone Erica used in her email, it wasn’t annoying or accusatory, just curious).  I’ve seen around the internet various receptions of this “lack” of new functionality.

Poor Steve Jobs.

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