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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RE: Comment by Luminair
by tbutler on Wed 13th Jun 2012 01:26 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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2005-07-06

Maybe because it doesn't have a camera to do it with?

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by jared_wilkes on Wed 13th Jun 2012 01:41 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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2011-04-25

For clarity: it lacks a front-facing video camera.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Wed 13th Jun 2012 04:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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2007-03-30

and iphone 4? not a helpful answer.

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by tbutler on Wed 13th Jun 2012 05:28 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
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2005-07-06

I'm not sure on that one. But, you asked about the 3GS.

Companies distinguish different grades of products all the time, though, so it may be as simple as that Apple wants to reserve that for their $199 model and not their $99 model. Given that it is a free upgrade, I can't complain much on that count.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by zima on Thu 14th Jun 2012 06:02 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

3GS does have a camera which could work well in videocalls, on its back.

And before you shrug it off - some time ago I stumbled on research actually exploring, for once (vs PR), how people really use mobile videocalls. It turns out that, in mobile setting, a major function of videocalls (for how little they are used overall, after the first few "novelty calls") is to show the other person your immediate surroundings, things at which you look - not yourself. Back camera is not only perfectly capable of that, it's better for that.

I know of at least one mobile (Sony Ericsson G502) which, despite not having front-facing camera, does include 3G videocalling; presumably for the reasons above (and some other models that, while including front-facing camera, allow for toggling to the back camera as a video source).

Of course then we have companies which prefer to tell you what you really want to / how you should be doing things on / how you should be holding your phone...

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