News of device updates is, with few exceptions, good news. But when RIM announced the BlackBerry 7 OS at BlackBerry World 2011 this morning, the news was joined with a major caveat: The BlackBerry's newest upgrade won't come with support for RIM's not-so-new phones.
Instead, RIM says that the update will be available exclusively for newer devices like the recently-announced Bold 9900/9939 phones. This, the company says, is almost entirely hardware related: BlackBerry OS 7 is so dependent on the graphics capabilities of the new phones that it would be far too great a feat to run it on older, slower models.
That, of course, may sound like a whole lot of bunk to current BlackBerry owners who will miss out on the upgrade's new features, which include improved browsing, voice-activated search, and support for HTML 5 video. To those complaints, RIM will likely offer a simple solution: Pick up a new BlackBerry. Whether or not RIM customers will follow that advice is entirely up to them.