iOS 6 availability and feature compatibility

 

Posted by: Brett

As we know, Apple announced iOS 6 on Monday at WWDC. A lot of great features were announced but of course, Apple didn’t really specify which would run on which devices and which devices couldn’t support what. Taking a look at the fine print at the bottom of Apple’s iOS 6 feature page gives us an idea of which features won’t be found on which devices. Have a look after the break.

Apple stated at the keynote that iOS 6 will be supported on the iPhone 3GS and later, the iPad 2 and the new iPad, and the 4th generation iPod touch. As always, each device will not support all the latest features, so MacRumors has compiled a chart of which devices will support which of the major features of iOS 6 (as seen above) based on the disclaimer Apple created.

At the bottom of www.apple.com/ios/ios6 you’ll find disclaimers stating that not each supported device will receive each new feature.

Features are subject to change. Not all features are available on all devices.

The iPhone 4S and the new iPad support all of the features of iOS 6, while the iPad 2 will support everything except Siri and FaceTime over 3G, the iPhone 4 will not support the new major Maps features, Siri, or FaceTime over 3G. The iPhone 3GS will not support any of the major features like the new Maps features, VIP Mail, Siri, Shared Photo Stream, or Offline Reading List. Passbook will be supported on the iPhone 3GS and later as well as the iPod touch 4 (Passbook will not be supported on the iPad). It does not appear that the iPod touch 4 will support the new Maps features. All the supported devices will have Facebook integration.

iOS 6 will be a free update for owners of the iPhone 3GS and later, iPad 2 and later, and the iPod touch 4th generation. Apple has set the release date for “this fall”, presumably with a new iPhone.

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