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iOS 6 new features Compatibility List

After Apple unveiled iOS 6 at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, many iPhone and iPad owners were certainly drooling over the attractive new features soon to come to their devices. Turn-by-turn directions in Maps! FaceTime video calls over 3G! The ability to save webpages for offline reading!

Well, here comes some potentially bad news: If you have an older model iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, not all of the new features announced on Monday will be available to download when iOS 6 is released in the fall.

Here’s the breakdown, as posted in the footnotes of the iOS explainer site on

– Siri will no longer be exclusive to the iPhone 4S; it will also make the leap to the iPad 3. This means that the Siri functionality in the new Maps — the ability to ask for directions, or attractions along your route — will only be available on those two devices.
– The iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 will not receive turn-by-turn directions or the “Flyover” 3D mapping feature (per MacWorld).
– The “Shared Photo Stream” feature, which allows iDevice users to share photos with other iDevice users and comment on each other’s pictures, will only be available for the iPhone 4 or later, the iPad 2 or later, and Mac computers with OS X Mountain Lion.
– FaceTime over 3G will require an iPhone 4S or iPad 3 with cellular data capability. No 3G FaceTime for anything older than those two gadget.
– VIP list — which allows users to mark certain email addresses as important, so that new emails from those accounts pop up like text messages — is only available on the iPhone 4 or later and the iPad 2 or later. Ditto for VIP and Flagged mailboxes, separate inboxes for more important emails in the Mail app.
– Offline Reading List — an Instapaper-like feature that allows for saving of webpage content for reading when you don’t have an Internet connection — will only be available on the iPhone 4 or later and the iPad 2 or later.
– In general, iOS 6 will be available only for the iPhone 3GS and later, the iPad 2 and later, and the fourth-generation iPod Touch.

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