Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2012 23:59 UTC
Apple So, iOS 6 will make its way to devices all the way back to the 3GS... But many key features are not available at all on the 3GS, and even the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are seeing features held back. "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 Flyover, turn-by-turn navigation, and FaceTime over cellular won't work on recent devices like the iPhone 4 or the iPad 2 - not to mention the iPhone 3GS." Pretty scummy and misleading.
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Scummy How?
by tbutler on Wed 13th Jun 2012 00:07 UTC
tbutler
Member since:
2005-07-06

How's it scummy? It seemed most likely Apple wouldn't even offer iOS 6 for the iPhone 3GS. So this was a pleasant surprise. This is pretty much the way Apple has handled every upgrade since at least iPhone OS 3.

(Especially when upgrades on other mobile platforms often don't come to even brand new devices.)

The only notable major disappointment is the lack of support for the original iPad. I find that mystifying.

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RE: Scummy How?
by WorknMan on Wed 13th Jun 2012 00:47 in reply to "Scummy How?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

The only notable major disappointment is the lack of support for the original iPad. I find that mystifying.


The iPad 1st gen has been discontinued, where as the iPhone 3gs is still being sold. So I guess it makes more business sense to keep supporting the 3gs, even though spec-wise, these two devices are about on par with each other.

Does anyone know if Siri is coming to iPad 2 or not?

Edited 2012-06-13 00:47 UTC

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RE: Scummy How?
by Morgan on Wed 13th Jun 2012 05:42 in reply to "Scummy How?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I have to second this, despite my feelings about Apple. I think the fact that they brought as much as they could to devices that are three generations out of date, while Android phones made in the past six months might never see ICS or greater via official channels, probably means a lot to Apple's customers.

If I had decided to upgrade to the 3GS from my original iPhone, rather than jumping ship to BlackBerry back in the day (and later Android and WP7), I'd likely still have an iPhone and would be thrilled with this update. Instead I am stuck with an HTC Arrive that will never see another upgrade, though I do greatly enjoy the phone as-is. I also have a Motorola Admiral that will be forever saddled with 2.3 as far as official builds go, and that phone was released barely eight months ago! I can't even resell it; right after I bought it Motorola announced that it was EOL for OS updates. Nobody wants a device that is locked into the past.

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RE[2]: Scummy How?
by Kroc on Wed 13th Jun 2012 06:46 in reply to "RE: Scummy How?"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

devices that are three generations out of date


There's an entire new PC range every year. That doesn't make a three year old PC "three generations out of date".

No complaint at you, but it's curious how accepting of the mobile-phone-way-of-doing-things people are becoming.

What Apple are doing is plain-and-straight hardware obsolescence through software. It’s wrong and nobody should be giving them credit for it.

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RE: Scummy How?
by JAlexoid on Wed 13th Jun 2012 10:50 in reply to "Scummy How?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Especially when upgrades on other mobile platforms often don't come to even brand new devices.

Now you tell me, how is that an "upgrade"? If the most prominent features are held back. By my standards that is an update.

PS: Especially when "other mobile platforms" have all or nothing approach, since version I will have all the features of version I regardless of the device it runs on. Here version 6 is version 6 with that feature or without.

Edited 2012-06-13 10:53 UTC

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RE[2]: Scummy How?
by tbutler on Wed 13th Jun 2012 21:37 in reply to "RE: Scummy How?"
tbutler Member since:
2005-07-06

An upgrade doesn't mean "every feature" is available, it means one is receiving something much larger than an "update." iOS 6 brings many significant new features even to the 3GS. If only the features going to the 3GS were offered as the sum total of iOS 6, it will still be a really nice major release.

Considering that my 3GS was in use for longer than most people keep cell phones and it is still retired at this point, I just don't see how people can complain about this unless they just like complaining.

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