iOS 6: Who Gets Left Out?
I'm curious to see the full list of which features are only available to people who own newer devices (ala Siri only on the 4S last year). The big one for me is that for the new Maps app, turn-by-turn directions and Flyover will only be available to those who own a 4S or newer device. I don't have plans to upgrade my device this year (yet) and while I'm pretty sure the iPhone 4 can run turn-by-turn--there are in fact already a number of App Store apps that offer it--it's fairly typical of Apple to deny older devices some of the best new features, whether or not the hardware differences justify it.
So: what else are older devices not going to be getting when iOS 6 drops?
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I have a strange feeling the 3GS will end up getting dropped by the time this beta process is done... the hardware just doesn't make for a pleasant experience with the resources necessary for the features OS 6 brings to the table
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What is also strange is that the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2 are getting left out for FaceTime calling over cellular. I would assume its because the 4S will run on faster HSPA networks but not when it comes to verizon or sprint. Obviously the new iPad runs on LTE so that will be able to handle it
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If Apple still makes and promotes a device, it should be supported by new features. It's too bad they feel it's ok to do this to their customers. I understand some things may not work to Apple's satisfaction due to hardware issues but there are also plenty of things that could easily work on old hardware like the 3GS and 4 and they make a choice to leave them out. Using wireless carriers contract cycles as a way to not support devices they sell on their website feels cheap. Obviously it's been a wise business decision for them to act this way.
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- 06-13-2012, 03:00 PM #22iMore Specialist
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The iPhone 4 did not come with the same features as the iPhone 4S so it should not be surprised that iOS 6.0 will not be fully supportive on the basic iPhone 4. Get a iPhone 4S or the new iPhone and problem solved. I have an old 3G too, cost me a lot of money. Not is it an alarm clock in our bedroom. #$#@ Happens.
- 06-14-2012, 02:31 AM #23
I hadnt previously caught that facetime over cellular was 4S and 5 only. That's kind of silly because the 4S on verizon runs on the exact same network as the 4, and no special hardware is needed to make it work. When I had to be away from a school conference in January because I was out of town, we used the jailbreak app 3G unrestrictor on my wife's phone so I could be there virtually via facetime. The school doesn't have the greatest signal, but it worked, even though the video was choppy. There's no reason at all to give this feature to the 4S but not the 4.
- 06-14-2012, 09:47 AM #24
who gets left out....me
I sat in front of my macbook pro glossing over every inch of ios6. And on just about every turn as pleased. Was i amazed? Was is is WOW? no.
Lets be honest here...most of the things in ios6 were things we all thought should have been there in the first place. Facetime over 3G...um, should have been there from the get go (though i blame verizon and atnt for that one). An apple Map app...duh. Sleep setting for notifications...common, my old blackberry storm had a simplified version of that.
I was really waiting for the wow....then realized they are probably going to put all of their wow chips on the hardware side of iphone 5 (sorry...the new iphone).
For me i just wanted to be able to get what i was looking at on my iphone 4....
and i laughed at the jokes about android fragmentation
then i read the fine print
Not laughing anymore
Sorry apple...but in this economy...buying new hardware every single time just to get things we should have gotten in the first place....just makes you the new crank