Is it ok for a company to prevent users from reverting to a previous version of phone operating system?

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ISometimes newer versions work poorly compared to older versions, because of hardware differences in the phones. With previous versions of IOS, Apple’s iPhones could be retrograded to an earlier version, because IOS4 runs pretty slowly on the iPhone 3. Apparently with IOS5, Apple won’t allow users to revert, which means if you upgrade your older phone and an app breaks, or the phone itself is unusably slow, you’ll likely have to buy a new phone. Is this fair? If I buy a phone, and am tied into a 2 year contract, shouldn’t I be able to do whatever I want with it?

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pwarren
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Dude, it’s Apple. They pull this kind of stunt all the time. That’s why it makes more sense to use an Android smartphone, since it’s immune to the profiteering and heavy-handed control of Steve Jobs.

jimlynch
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Correct me if I'm wrong but if you have an older iPhone and you revert it to the factory settings, wouldn't that wipe iOS 5 out and give you your old version? I'm not sure but it seems like it might.

That said, as someone else pointed out, it's Apple. If you own a phone made by them, you sort of have to play by their rules. I think the best thing to do is consider whether or not you want to upgrade to iOS 5 in the first place.

Read some reviews and think carefully. Do you really need its features? Or are you fine with the version of iOS you are currently using? If you don't need iOS 5 then I suggest skipping it and sticking with what you have right now.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Heh. ;)

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