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iOS 6 Maps flyover will require A5 processor

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iOS 6 Maps flyover will require A5 processor
One thing that Apple didn't really go through with much detail as part of yesterday's iOS 6 unveiling was in which features would be available on what hardware. We already know that Siri will be available on the new iPad, but not the iPad 2, and now we're finding out about some hardware that will be left out of the new 3D flyover feature in Apple's new Maps app. 

Apparently, the 3D flyover feature will require the power of the A5 processor (at least) in order to run properly. This means that the Maps flyover will be available on the iPad 2, new iPad, iPhone 4S, and future mobile iProducts, but it will not be available to those with original generation iPads, iPhone 3Gs or iPhone 4, although those devices will still be able to run iOS 6.

If you're still stuck with an iPhone 3Gs, you'll also apparently find that you don't get access to a few other iOS 6 features like FaceTime on 3G and VIP Mail lists, though we're not really sure why VIP Mail lists would be a feature that gets left out. It doesn't seem like something that would be all that resource intensive. Still, the best option with mobile devices is to not hold on to that old hardware too long, because eventually you're going to get left out. 

source: Ars Technica

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posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:24 29

1. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


That's impossible. That would be similar to fragmentation.

iOS doesn't have fragmentation.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:37 22

4. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4252; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What...., what?

This...., this can't be....

Am I in the Twilight Zone? Apple & fragmentation?

How the tables have turned! lol

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:47 24

5. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I'm an apple guy, but that was a good one bro lmao!!!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:01 21

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4252; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You know I am glad you can take a joke. It's refreshing to see an Apple guy with a sense of humor.

Plus 1 for you!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:32 6

2. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


maybe not but apparently their maps will be resources hungry as a hog

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:34 3

3. jcanderson47 (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Sep 2011)


appearantly turn by turn nav is same thing!!!! BS

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 13:53 3

6. bragzter (Posts: 47; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Siri said that Google got their OS from Ben & Jerry. So with this revalation, where is Apple OS coming from now?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:09 2

8. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


From McDonald's Happy Meal!!! lol

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:29

9. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Its TomTom data ... TomTom has been doing GPS and mapping for a long time. Should be good.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:48 1

14. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


flyover is not tomtom data... that is all apple.. tomtom i would assume is supplying the turn by turn directions and the traffic...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 14:58 4

10. remixfa (Posts: 13959; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and from behind the fog of slick advertisement, iOS continues its reign of untold fragmentation.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:46 2

13. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


At least apple is clever enough not to add it to those devices and it ends up crashing the phones

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 17:33 1

15. jove39 (Posts: 1309; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Fragmentation...but they cant keep on supporting old hardware...this has to happen one day...what the hell...why do I care!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 17:38 3

16. mas11 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Correct me if I'm wrong but don't all devices running Android 4.0.4 have access to all the features of 4.0.4? Why can't all iOS devices running iOS 6 have access to all the features of iOS 6?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 17:59

17. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Because those few devices came out recently so that mean they have the required specs

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 18:14 2

18. mas11 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


The Nexus S came out December 2010 and it runs 4.0.4

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:34 1

22. chrischau1308 (Posts: 53; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Hello!!!!! The official update doesn't have Face Unlock!

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 21:30 2

27. sprockkets (Posts: 1264; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


True, because the camera on it doesn't work well enough according to google, even though it in actual use is fine.

It works for me 70/30 if I pose right, so I just got rid of it for a number pin to save time.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 00:16 1

29. mas11 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Exactly, it's a hardware limitation. Plus face unlock is just a gimmick, it's not nearly as important as turn by turn navigation.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 18:29

19. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Of course it does, it was the first phone to have ics and it's dual core

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:01 1

20. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


You're thinking of the Galaxy Nexus! The Nexus S is a different device. Only one core running at 1Ghz, but still a good phone.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:17 2

21. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Yeah you're right oops lol

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 20:01 1

24. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


No biggie. Who hasn't mixed the two up...

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 21:16

26. krdawg10 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


Anyone want iOS 6 beta for $5 iMessage or email
Homemadegeek@gmail.com
Let him know Kyle sent you works awesome

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 00:00 1

28. xtian1103 (Posts: 361; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


google should sue apple. ios blatantly rips off android's patented fragmentation!

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 00:21 1

30. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)


Haha.. lol. You got me there!

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 01:24

31. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


iPad 1 not getting ios6 right ?

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 14:33

33. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


Its about time you got some actual turn-by-turn nav built into the software Apple! this has been my only beef. as far as the topic of fragmentation goes...if fragmentation means not trying run the latest software on phones that don't have the hardware to keep up *coughs Android*...i'm all for fragmentation. but with the Galaxy S3 a month away for me...nav & iOS6 may not even be a factor.

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