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[4]: Comment by Macrat
by MOS6510 on Wed 13th Jun 2012 07:51 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Macrat"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Apple continues to make money of iPhone after they are sold, so they have a vested interest in not having carrier crapware on their phones and up-to-date phones so all the apps that are sold via the Apple app store work.

Other manufactures just want to sell you a new phone. And you can get one cheaper if you extend your contract, which carriers want. Keeping you up-to-date costs them money, it doesn't make them any.

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RE[5]: Comment by Macrat
by Radio on Wed 13th Jun 2012 08:12 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Macrat"
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2009-06-20

The money earned through App Store sales is high in absolute, in the billions, but it is still ridiculously low in relative, compared to everything else. £Check their financial reports.

Apple DOES have a MAJOR interest in selling you a new phone, that is why their updates are artificially crippled.

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RE[6]: Comment by Macrat
by MOS6510 on Wed 13th Jun 2012 08:19 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Macrat"
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2011-05-12

When something is in the billions it doesn't matter if it's low compared to something else, you'd like to keep it. You want as many as revenues as possible so you don't become depended on one.

No doubt Apple omits certain features to entice you to buy a new phone, but they go much further in providing updates to older phones than any other manufacturer does. A number of phones never get an update at all.

If the 3GS was left out of the iOS 5 update a lot of people wouldn't have been surprised. Even more people now are surprised that it is even getting iOS 6.

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