Monday, June 10, 2013

Apple gets Face Lift with iOS 7, Full Features Limited to New Devices

Apple has announced iOS 7 and it will be on your iPhones this fall, but only the iPhone 5 and iPod touch will get all the features announced at WWDC event. Much like Apples iOS 6 update last year, where it ditched many devices, iOS 7 is on very much the same route as expected. The iPhone 4 and 4S will only get the new iOS 7 look and a splattering of features. A big sorry for iPhone 3GS and older iPhones and they won’t even get to see the iOS 7 theme and will have to stick with iOS 6 forever.


As shown in chart below(source:, AirDrop is limited to just the latest devices, including the iPad 4 and iPad mini. The iPhone 4S is missing out on the filters in Camera but it, along with the iPhone 4, does support filters in Photos.


iTunes Radio, the only feature announced today that makes Apple money, will be available on all iOS 7-compatible devices. Some of these features are also coming to the iPad – except for the original iPad. It too will be stuck with iOS 6. Filters in Photos and new capture mode are coming to the iPad 3 and new devices. But even the iPad 4 and iPad mini will not get the panorama or filters in the Camera update.

This is of course an unfortunate side effect of progress: some devices naturally get left behind as was with iOS 6.

List of supported devices

iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch 5th Gen, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini

More updates on iOS 7 soon.

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