By now, you should be well aware of Apple's announcement of its next major mobile operating system, iOS 6. And if you are a registered developer, there is a good chance that your device is now rocking the first beta build of iOS 6. Apple promises about 200+ new features for iOS 6 which includes an in-house 3D maps, Facebook integration, updated stock apps, Siri upgrades and many more. The next iteration of the iOS is compatible for a wide range of devices even older ones like the iPhone 3GS (but not the iPad 1) but sadly, not all of the new iOS 6 features will work on older devices.
If you are wondering which iOS 6 features will make it into your iOS device, Apple has published on its iOS 6 preview page that relates which features are limited to which device. Check out the list below:
- Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation is only available for the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new iPad. Cellular data charges may be applicable.
- Siri is still exclusive for the iPhone 4S and the 3rd-gen iPad.
- Shared Photo Streams is available on iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later and Mac with OS X Mountain Lion.
- FaceTime over a cellular network is only available for iPhone 4S or 3rd-gen iPad with GSM capabilities.
- VIP list and VIP and Flagged smart mailboxes will be available for iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.
- Offline Reading List will be available for iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.
- Find My Friends and Find My iPhone are not available in all areas.
As you can probably tell, even if the iPhone 3GS is still supported, it will be missing a lot of the key features that makes iOS 6 a legitimate upgrade. If these iOS 6 features are not accessible to 3GS owners, one would wonder why did they even bother supporting the four-year old device? [via 9to5Mac]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback