How will iCloud work with older devices?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Boots-, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Boots- macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2009
    I was just wondering how iCloud will work with older devices. By older devices I mean ones that aren't able to update to iOs 5. Will they be supported by iCloud at all? I mean once MobileMe is gone how will people access their accounts on their older devices if they don't want to upgrade to a new device with iOs 5?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    They'll probably be able to access the basic services, but to take full advantage of iCloud you'll need to upgrade. Nobody knows to what extent older devices will be able to take advantage/not take advantage of iCloud's feature set.
  3. KsbjA macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2011
    I think I do know. Calendars, contacts, mail and notes will work on older devices, and even on non-Apple devices, using IMAP, SMTP, CalDAV and CardDAV (or that other one, but I think it was CardDAV). Here's a pic (I've shown it in another thread as well):
    I currently have these iCloud services working on my iOS 4 iPod touch. Photo Stream, on the other hand, doesn't use functionality already present in iOS 4, and thus is only going to work with iOS 5 devices.
    Also, the above mentioned features should work on older versions of Mac OS X as well, and possibly iOS 3 or even iOS 2. Theoretically, all devices that support MobileMe should be able to be configured for iCloud.

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