Yesterday was a big day for Apple as they unveiled numerous software improvements in the forms of iOS 6 and Mountain Lion, and of course who could forget the brand new refresh to the MacBook family? Although hearing about all the brand new features coming in iOS 6 was great however, it would be nice to have an official word on which iOS devices the iOS 6 firmware is compatible with; and of course if there will be any feature limitations.
Thanks to Apple’s official iOS 6 page on their website we finally have an answer. It looks like the device that will be getting left out of the picture the most in the iOS 6 firmware update will be the iPhone 3GS. Take a look for yourself at the Apple iOS 6 compatibility guide below:
- Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.
- Siri will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad (3rd generation) and requires Internet access.
- Shared Photo Streams requires iOS 6 on iPhone 4 or later or iPad 2 or later.
- FaceTime over a cellular network requires iPhone 4S or iPad (3rd generation) with cellular data capability.
- VIP list and VIP and Flagged smart mailboxes will be available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.
- Offline Reading List will be available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.
Obviously not bringing certain features to different iOS devices is due to performance concerns, but I am sure it also has to do with pushing people to upgrade to the latest hardware being offered by Apple. Are you happy with the iOS 6 feature compatibility? For those of you with newer iOS devices I am sure this doesn’t phase you, but for those holding onto older Apple hardware share your responses in the comments section below.