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  • Apple Added Tons of New Features in iOS 7, But Will They Work On Your iOS Device?

    Apple Monday afternoon unveiled iOS 7 and all of its great new interfaces and features at the WWDC 2013 keynote. Everything looks sharp, and the new features will be enjoyed by many… but not all.

    Currently the iPhone 5 is the latest iPhone Apple has to offer, so Apple would need to make sure all of the new features ran on that device for sure. The iPhone 4 is the oldest iPhone that Apple will support iOS 7 on, and as history repeats itself, the iPhone 4 will not be able to take advantage of all of iOS 7's new features – the iPhone 4S included. This is believed to be a marketing technique to get people to buy the latest devices more so than hardware limitations.

    Apple has phased out the older iPhone 3GS along with the iPod touch 4G in the supported devices list that we showed you earlier.

    Taking a look at the asterisks at the bottom of Apple’s iOS 7 Features Web page, it would appear that not all of iOS 7's great new features will work with every iOS device. The list of features that are limited to newer devices only include the following:

    • Shooting panorama photographs will only be supported on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod touch 5G
    • Adding filters to photographs right from the Camera application will only be supported on the iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G (you can add filters to photographs from the Photos application on any iOS 7 device)
    • AirDrop will only be supported by the iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G, iPad Mini, and iPad (4th generation)
    • Siri with HD voice can only be used on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G, iPad Mini, and iPad with retina display

    While not very extensive, the list of limited features may be an inconvenience to some with older devices. It’s not new that Siri supports the iPhone 4S and later devices and that panorama mode only supports the iPhone 4S and later devices, but the updated list goes to show that Apple has no intention of adding support for older devices in its new firmware. It's also a shame to see that the new filters feature is limited to the Photos application only on non-iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G devices and that AirDrop is limited to newer devices only.

    iOS 7 will be released to the public in the Fall of this year; however, developers can download a beta version of the firmware that can be used to ready applications for the firmware when it launches.

    Sources: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Added Tons of New Features in iOS 7, But Will They Work On Your iOS Device? started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. dwizurd's Avatar
      dwizurd -
      I'm not arguing that, just bummed that I'm not due an upgrade for another year. Still an apple fan/supporter, And will continue to be. I guess I'm more or less convincing myself to grab the 5s when it drops regardless of out of pocket expense.
    1. JollyRogger's Avatar
      JollyRogger -
      Andriod devices either cant run the latest and cough "greatest" version of the OS because it's too old or you have to wait 4-6 weeks for your phone manufacturer to mod the OS before they'll send it to your device.

      At least Apple will let all devices that are supported (And yes they've already said what will and what wont run 7) have 7 on the day of release.

      I work with a guy who's got a Samsung slab of a phone and he had to wait months before he could get the latest OS because Samsung would not let him have it unless he rooted it, which could have bricked his phone. I've never heard of anybody who bricked their phone because of a jailbreak.

    1. GnatGoSplat's Avatar
      GnatGoSplat -
      Apple is actually the best about updates for older devices. They finally killed off the 3GS, but what was it, 4yrs old already? No other manufacturer supports a 4yr old device with OS updates.

      Android devices are seldom on the latest and greatest OS version, except for maybe the devices with the Nexus label. Individual manufacturers are on their own timetable, and many stop providing updates after a devices is over a year old. Many Android devices do have hacker/developer support to get the latest and greatest OS onto "ancient" devices. That depends on developer interest of a particular model and is not the same thing as official manufacturer support.

      With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft abandoned even brand new Windows Phone 7.5 devices.

      So when it comes to planned obsolescence, Apple is actually better about support older devices than any other manufacturer.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Look at all that stuff that would easily be done on a 3GS or older...
      Locking features from the 3rd Gen iPad is ludicrous. The iPad Mini has a worse CPU, Soc and GPU, half the RAM, than the 3rd Gen iPad.

      @The Wifi Cards aren't uber enough for AirDrop...
      AirDrop is nothing more than Ad-Hoc Wifi wrapped in a nice name.
      It's "supported" on Macs going back to 2008, and even with the so called "need for a special Wifi card" hackers tweaked Lion to allow ANY Mac to use AirDrop. Why do you believe Apple as gospel?
      The Nintendo DS from 2004 does Wifi Ad-Hoc.