iOS 7 is coming to iPhone 4 and up, but not all features will be available on all devices
Let's start with the good news: starting this fall, iOS 7 will be released for the iPhone 5, 4S and even the 4, as well as the iPad 4, 3, 2, mini and iPod touch 5th gen. That's some pretty awesome software support right there, but as we said, there will be some limitations in place for the older devices. Thankfully, though, it seems like those limitations won't be too severe:
- Panorama format is available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation). Square and video formats and swipe to capture are available on iPhone 4 or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).
- Filters in Camera are available on iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation). Filters in Photos are available on iPhone 4 or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).
- AirDrop is available on iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account.
- Siri is available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply. New female and male voices will be available initially in U.S. English, French, and German.
So, not that bad, right? Best of all, each of the above-mentioned devices will be getting the brand new user interface, which remains the biggest new iOS feature. iOS 7 will be made publicly available this fall, probably at the same time as the launch of the next iPhone.
1. Katrina (Posts: 61; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
as much as i hate apple but ....they are pulling the android thing that every manufacturers do..
aint a good sign ppl!
2. Rorschach (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)
Apparently Apple is running out of innovation as the entire flattened look is borrowed off Windows Phone and the new power control feature originated on Android.
7. stealthd (Posts: 830; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
Apple's flattened look is very different from Windows Phone. Did you even look at iOS 7?
23. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
No. If the look is flattened it doesn't mean it is borrowed from windows phone. The whole translucent design combined with simplicity is really something refreshing.
25. d_droid (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
ANYTHING would have been refreshing after 5 years of the same stale OS
28. Rager722 (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)
and there messaging UI is alot like Blackberry Flow
30. Veritas_Aurora (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)
Exactly, but design a product wasn't a big issue if you compare it with giving birth to a new idea, apple is running out of or literally keen to re-create such kind of ideas. For most of users, if apple's “reference” can help to perfect the whole ecosystem, it should be encouraged
3. tomn1ce (Posts: 94; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)
It's so nice of them saying that 93% of iOS users are running the latest iOS version but they fail to mention when making this comparison that not all 93% of those users will have all the features available to them from the latest iOS....
5. bucky (Posts: 1202; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
I'd rather be running the newest software missing a few features than being behind and not having any of it.
13. gagdude (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)
the old versions of android already have all the features of ios 7......
pulldown from lockscreen, true multitasking, that live wallpaper, the weather animations in the app, changing keyboards
come to think about it, ios has always been android 0.1, until now where they move up to android 1.0. android 1.5 had widgets so i guess apple is still behind
16. mishooo111 (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
yes but old versions of androids are also laggy as hell
33. noim1 (Posts: 278; Member since: 15 May 2012)
Android 2.3 has all these features !!!! LOL !!!
35. srisri (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
the point is it lags !!
old android=laggy grandma
17. ideal_josh (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
ill rather put a custom Rom and have all new features than having just looks
18. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
How is this any different from "Fragmentation"?
4. Topcat488 (Posts: 988; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
93% of iphone users are up to date... But not everyone are getting all the features. :( Shame.
So really only 30% are up to date!!!!!!!!
6. datoserigarylaw (unregistered)
So the iPod Touch 4th Gen is not supported? :(
8. mishooo111 (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
i am soooo disappointed...
i was waiting for this update for so long and i'm not getting it :(
12. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)
It can barely run iOS 5 and 6. I think it would die trying to run the visuals of iOS 7. I am sad to see my little 4g won't get the update, but I know it would be a horrible experience to use iOS 7 on it. Plus I still have my 4S, so I will still get to use it.
32. vincelongman (Posts: 492; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
But the iPhone 4 is supported and they both have Apple's A4 cpu (though I suspect the iPod has a slightly weaker version and iPod has only 256 mb RAM while iPhone 4 has 512 mb).
Though I agree with you that iOS 6 is laggy on the iPod Touch 4 and iPhone 4, compared to how smoothly iOS 4 ran.
9. shamashu9 (Posts: 51; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Apple will announce
the new Windows iPhone 7!
21. muhsen (Posts: 183; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)
hahaha, u r very funny.... look at the multitasking and messaging app for example on ios7.... its a complete replica of wp not to mention lots of others!!!
10. WestFiasco (Posts: 12; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Not a bad job apple, i don't know how much i like the overall look of it but the new features are a welcome change from what they produced before.
14. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 818; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
NFC > AirDrop
Even though I haven't seen it in action, tapping your phone together seems so much easier.
19. scsa852k (Posts: 251; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
After all those ridiculous law suits toward Android and Samsung,
What apple decided to do was integrate Android like features on iOS.
20. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
I really don't consider this a "brand new UI". It is still the same UI. It is a new skin/theme. Really don't think it can be consider a new UI. It still function the same. Some of the feature and apps have been slightly updated. But, this title of "brand new ui" that everyone is quick to shower iOS 7 with is not justified I fine.
22. huzle19 (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
man i think everybody on the internet today might need some glasses... i think they only copied ubuntu phones period.
24. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Not surprising. This is how apple has always treated updates
31. Veritas_Aurora (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)
Apple will not let all his missiles launched at the same time.
34. google8374 (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Jun 2013)
ios7 activation is only 5$ at etsy.com/listing/153786325/udid-activation
fast and totally worth it.