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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by wocowboy on Wed 13th Jun 2012 11:17 UTC
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The use of the term "scummy" is trash talk designed to get page views, so I'll discount that one. But the use of the term "misleading" would indicate that Apple has somehow lied about what would or not work on the various models of iPhones out in use. The very fact this information is available, and FROM Apple itself, even if it is in fine print at the bottom of some PR fluff release, discounts the use of that term. There is nothing unusual about not all the features of iOS 6 working on all models of iPhones at all. Each model has different capabilities based on its hardware, and the fact this information has been put out there by Apple is a good thing. And on a side note, as Tim Cook said on stage, only 7% of Android devices are using the latest version of Android, even though it was released at the same time as iOS 5. I would call THAT sad state of affairs scummy!

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RE: Scummy?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 13th Jun 2012 11:28 in reply to "Scummy?"
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It's not trash talk, it's the truth. Like I said a few comments up: artificially limiting hardware through software just to sell more newer devices is scummy - no matter if Apple does it, if carriers do it, or if Microsoft does it. When carriers refuse to update perfectly capable devices to sell newer ones they are the scum of the earth, but when Apple does it it's okay, understandable, and we should all be hush-hush about it?

Fcuk that. Seriously.

Misleading does not imply anybody lied. It means that you mislead people. And you can be entirely honest and truthful and still be misleading. Apple mentions a whole bunch of new features for iOS 6, while only one (I repeat: ONE) device actually gets all these features. All other devices Apple has shipped either don't get it, or get butchered versions, for no other reason than to sell more newer devices. That's scummy, that's misleading.

That's why Microsoft forces OEMs to properly state which version of Windows 7 a computer ships with. If Microsoft did what Apple is doing now - use one name for all versions of Windows 7, no matter how butchered the versions are - they would be vilified for it, and rightfully so. But when Apple does it, it's all okay?

As for bringing Android into the discussion - Android's upgrade system is a goddamn mess, but that doesn't give Apple the right to be scummy and misleading.

Edited 2012-06-13 11:29 UTC

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RE: Scummy?
by JAlexoid on Wed 13th Jun 2012 12:29 in reply to "Scummy?"
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only 7% of Android devices are using the latest version of Android, even though it was released at the same time as iOS 5

In defense of those 7%, they do actually get all of the features of 4.0, rather than a subset. Limitation are only in hardware. While, where is Siri on iPhone4? What is the technical reason for not having FaceTime over 3G on iPhone4?

Edited 2012-06-13 12:31 UTC

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RE[2]: Scummy?
by jared_wilkes on Wed 13th Jun 2012 13:05 in reply to "RE: Scummy?"
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Is that really your argument? 7% with 100% is better than 90% with 75% or 60% with 85% of the features and actual OS compatibility because it is 100% of the feautures? Really?

Edited 2012-06-13 13:07 UTC

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