It’s always been the way with iOS, older versions of the iPhone or iPad miss out on the hottest new features. The iPhone 3GS missed out on a lot of iOS 5, and now with iOS 6 around the corner, we want to know what the iPhone 4 isn’t going to be able to use. Way down the bottom of Apple’s iOS 6 page is the fine print that shows just which killer features will and won’t work with various models.
To begin with, it requires the iPhone 3GS or better, an iPad 2 or better, or the iPod Touch 4th generation. And here’s where things get hairy:
- 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.
Most of these require an iPhone 4S, and even more the iPhone 4. Time to start sizing up if it’s time to upgrade, I guess.