A couple of days ago, Apple announced iOS 6 at WWDC. The good news for many iOS users was that iOS 6 would be compatible for the majority of iOS devices. This included the iPhone 3GS which is about 3 years old now. The only devices left out of the fun were the first-gen iPad, the original iPhone and iPhone 3G, and iPod touch models older than the fourth-gen. However it seems that the wide support does come with a price that we’re sure older iOS users might not be too happy with.
For starters, those looking forward to Siri will be disappointed to learn that it will only be available for the new iPad and the iPhone 4S, as is the ability to make FaceTime calls over cellular data. As far as the new Maps app is concerned, it seems that only iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new iPad will be getting a taste of that. Other features such as the VIP mailbox, offline reading for Safari and the Shared Photo Stream will arrive on devices like the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2 (and presumably devices newer than them).
Basically it seems that even though the iPhone 3GS will be getting the iOS 6 update, the major iOS 6 features and functions will not be enabled for the device. Granted it is 3 years old so we guess it has had a pretty good run, right? iPhone 3GS users are you bummed at this, or were you planning on upgrading anyway? In the meantime check out the table below compiled courtesy of Engadget:
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- 2013-06-25: iOS 7 System Icons Preferred Over iOS 6 Icons [Poll]
- 2013-05-17: iOS Devices Now Approved For Military Use By Department Of Defense
- 2013-04-22: Download Later Option Added To iOS 6 And iTunes 11
- 2013-03-27: iOS 6.1.3 Users Report Battery Drain, Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues