Apple iOS 4 is designed to run on the iPhone 4, but it also works with older devices including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3, and second and third generation iPod touch models. But if you have an older device like the iPhone 3 or iPod touch 2nd generation, you’re stuck with a limited version of the OS that lacks some key features such as the ability to multitask or change desktop wallpapers.
Now it turns out that Apple’s leaving older device users in the dust in another way too. The latest beta version of Game Center no longer supports the iPhone 3G or second generation iPod touch.
I suppose this all makes sense, since older devices have slower processors that can’t keep up with all the new features in iOS 4. Many users have noticed that their devices feel a lot slower after upgrading the operating system. I had kind of been hoping that iOS 4.1 might offer a bit of a speed boost once it’s available for download, but the fact that Apple is removing Game Center support doesn’t give me much reason for optimisim there.
Still, if you’ve already upgraded to iOS 4 and don’t mind the slightly sluggish performance, there are unofficial apps that let you enable wallpapers and multitasking. Maybe we’ll see a Game Center hack too?