When iOS 6 was announced yesterday I was surprised that the latest OS was supported on the iPhone 3GS but not on the original iPad. It seemed to good to be true and it looks like thats the case. In a footnote on the bottom of an iOS 6 page Apple have detailed which features are supported on which devices:
Turn by Turn navigation and Flyover only works on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPad 3 so no iPhone 4 or 3GS support.
Siri is only for the 4S and the 3rd gen iPad
Photo Streams only work on the iPhone 4, iPad 2 or later
FaceTime over 3G needs iPhone 4S or 3rd gen iPad
Offlline Reading is for iPhone 4 or iPad 2 or later.
So you can see that none of the features are supported on the iPhone 3GS and lots of the new features require iPhone 4S or iPad 3, so if the 3GS can get iOS 6 without any of the features why can’t the original iPad, a marketing move?
- Features are subject to change. Not all features are available on all devices.
- Some features may not be available in all countries or all areas. Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later. Cellular data charges may apply.
- Siri will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad (3rd generation) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.
- Shared Photo Streams requires iOS 6 on iPhone 4 or later or iPad 2 or later, or a Mac computer with OS X Mountain Lion. An up-to-date browser is required for accessing shared photo streams on the web.
- FaceTime over a cellular network requires iPhone 4S or iPad (3rd generation) with cellular data capability. Carrier data charges may apply. FaceTime is not available in all countries.
- VIP list and VIP and Flagged smart mailboxes will be available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.
- Offline Reading List will be available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.
- Made for iPhone hearing aids require iPhone 4S.
- Find My Friends and Find My iPhone enable you to locate iOS devices only when they are on and connected to a registered Wi-Fi network or have an active data plan. Not available in all areas.