I haven't experience iOS5 on a 3GS. I'm sure it can support it. Just not sure if I'd enjoy it.Whys that? The 3GS supports ios5 and is over 3 years old. The original iPad is less than 2 years old. I say it will be handle to ios6 but probably not ios7 or whatever they'll call it.
I'm with you. Apple doesn't ditch products after 2 years. It may be missing a feature or two, but the iPad 1 will run iOS6.I bet the original iPad will be able to run ios6.