New Features in iOS 6 Receive Spotty Support from Older Devices

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    Apple claims that iOS 6, the next version of its iPhone and iPad operating system, is "compatible" with devices as old as the iPhone 3GS. The 3GS was originally released nearly three years ago in June 2009 -- an eternity in gadget time.

    However, at the bottom of Apple's iOS 6 info page lies a small disclaimer: "Not all features are available on all devices." This is followed by eight footnotes detailing exactly which features work on which devices.

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    Some features, like the VIP List for email, the Offline Reading List, and Shared Photo Stream won't work on the iPhone 3GS. Even flagship iOS features like Siri and FaceTime over cellular won't work on recent devices like the iPhone 4 or the iPad 2 -- not to mention the iPhone 3GS.

    All that said, however, iPhone 3GS owners will receive iOS 6 features like redesigned App and Music Stores, Cloud Tabs in Safari, Facebook integration, and other improvements -- it just won't include nearly the same number of features as the owners of Apple's latest and greatest gadgets.

    Article Link: New Features in iOS 6 Receive Spotty Support from Older Devices
     
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    "Android is fragmented. But iOS isn't." Where's the sandbox so I can put my head in there with all the other people claiming this ?
     
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    I know this is par for Apple's course, but as an iPhone 4 owner, I still say "Ugh!"
     
  4. nickn, Jun 12, 2012
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    And this isn't fragmentation? How funny that Apple of all companies, who rips on Android for be fragmented, goes and fragments the whole OS. Again, people, Apple doesn't care about the consumer. What reason is there for not enabling Face time over 3G on the iPhone 4? Skype can do it fine, and so can jailbroken handsets. Apple doesn't care about you, they simply care about bilking more money out of everyone!
     
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    FaceTime over 3G........:)

    Goodbye Tango.
     
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    What on earth is preventing FaceTime over cellular on the iPhone 4?
     
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    Facetime over 3G not for iPhone 4? What the ....
     
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    They better have some amazing NEW features for the next iPhone announcement...
     
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    No FaceTime over 3G for iPhone 4? :mad:
    No Siri support for iPod or iPhone 4? :mad:
    No Turn by Turn Directions for iPhone 4? :mad:

    :apple: Is it still magical?:apple: :p
     
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    Because the android version of this chart would have over 2000 devices?

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    Welcome to having hardware dictate what you can do with your software. If it doesn't perform really well in testing, Apple won't let it out in the wild or else you'll have X million complainers. [Begin rants on "Apple updates its products too fast!"]
     
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    Is it just me or does anyone find it odd that the iPhone 4 is getting lack of support? The difference from the 4 and 4S aren't that huge. With the exception of Siri (and I still think Siri should of been added on the iPhone 4) this is ridiculous.

    I can understand the 3GS completely but not the iPhone 4.
     
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    Well, the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 don't support 4G like networks.
     
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    The Mac App Store's apps. ;)

    Also, iPhone 4 users are getting this ill treatment to excite them for the next iPhone, which Apple would really like them to buy. Most of the iPhone 4 contracts are probably expiring soon.

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    In all seriousness though, this isn't at all what Apple is talking about. When Apple talks about fragmentation, they're referring to the fact that developers have to make multiple versions of their apps to support all the Android devices. The fact that Siri isn't on the iPhone 4 doesn't require me to make a separate version of my app, nor do any of those other neglected features.
     
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    i agree. I hate when apple release cool new features which could perfectly run on a device and simply disable it. There is really no reason why turn by turn navigation, FaceTime over 3G could not work on the iPhone 4.

    I can understand why flyover is not available, due to the rendering requiring faster processor speed. Apple is not doing that bad that they need everyone to upgrade their iPhone every 12-24 months to get all the latest software features.
     
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    All I wanted was navigation :(
     
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    This doesn't seem unreasonable to me. I have a 4, and am a little disappointed but Apple protects the user experience and it makes sense to me that some features, if they are to keep innovating, won't be available on all handsets.

    I'd honestly rather miss out on a couple of features than have my phone's performance degraded by functions better suited to more powerful hardware. Apple's earned a little trust in this regard, in my opinion.
     
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    Luckily a good portion of 3GS and iPhone 4 owners will be upgrading to the iPhone 5.

    Bahahahahahaha.
     
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    And the iPhone 4 continues to get shafted...:mad:
     
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    Neither does the 4S, unless you consider not-4G to be in fact LTE, which still isn't even 4G...
     
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    As an iPhone 4 owner, it looks like I have to wait for an iPhone 5.
     
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    This lack of support on the iphone 4 really sucks eggs!

    Total and complete Bulls**t.

    I'd really like to see hardware justification as to why not. Please, someone prove to us the reasons.

    :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
     
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    Facetime over 3G

    Well according to www.apple.com.au, facetime over 3G will be available for poeple with the iPhone 4
     
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    If you think this is fragmentation, you haven't looked at the mess that is Android.
     
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    Beta

    Still in beta




     

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