First-gen iPad not getting iOS 6 update, Apple confirms

First-gen iPad not getting iOS 6 update, Apple confirms
Unfortunately for all first-gen iPad owners, the rumor from earlier today turned out to be on the right track. The first iPad model will not be updated to iOS 6, as it became known today during the platform's announcement. The reason? We are not quite sure, but hardware limitations are definitely out of the question.

That is because the iPhone 3GS, which is weaker than the first-gen iPad in terms of internals, and the iPhone 4, which is pretty much on par with the tablet, are getting the iOS 6 update, even though certain features will not be available. Sadly, the first iPad is getting no iOS 6 love of any kind.

First-gen iPad not getting iOS 6 update, Apple confirms
Some say that availability is to blame. After all, the oldest iPad model has already been discontinued. At the same time, the iPhone 4 is still around in 8GB flavor, and the iPhone 3GS can be had for free with a 2-year contract, not to mention that the latter will also be offered in emerging markets worldwide.

So yeah, everyone who still owns "the old iPad" will be stuck with iOS 5. Frustrated? Let us know by dropping a comment below.

source: The Verge

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38 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

aka the Middle-fingered Wave. 1st gen iPad owners - you aren't worthy enough.

2. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

So Apple is asking first gen iPad owners to buy new iPad to taste iOS6...thought Apple is best when it comes to updates...but not anymore!

3. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

At least first gen iPad have gotten an update already unlike many Androids that's still left out in the dusk without even hoping for one.

4. Dejavu_LT

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

It's really simple answer - first gen ipad is not on stores anymore (stores still selling 3GS as well) :)

5. Iphone4 unregistered

no more Ios device for me

26. JDDurrant

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Same here, tempted to get a Nexus 7 to replace my iPad...

6. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

so much for apple nnot supporting it's older hardware, even Samsung, which people say is horrible at updates even updated it's galaxy line from 2.1 to 2.2 to 2.3 :D and we can run 4.0 unofficially, can you?

9. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

now tell me which phone is shipped with 2.1 that's updated to 2.3 with only minor changes?

12. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

The original galaxy s, nexus one

20. destr0y3r

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

oh smartass, what does 2.1~2.3 brings? Almost nothing but fixes.

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it brought design changes more especially with the custom UIs (which is more than can be said for iOS) Flash Player, NFC Support, etc. etc.

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Droid X, Droid Incredible. :P

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This crap. The iPad 1 is like three years old. It has seen several iOS upgrades. That's many more than any Android device will ever see in its lifetime. The iPad 1 has been discontinued. PA shouldn't post slightly misleading articles to sort of anger people. No one complains when Motorola or Samsung gives the middle finger for updates.

10. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

umm, it's 2 years old, the SGS has seen 3 updates, more than iPad. 2.1 to 2.1.x (depending on your region), 2.1.x to 2.2.2, 2.2.2 to 2.3, 2.3 to 2.3.7... where's your argument now? PS, do you have an extra chromosome too?

15. matistight

Posts: 927; Member since: May 13, 2009

ummmm youre wrong. ipad went 3.2-3.2.2-4.2.1-4.3-4.3.5-5.0-5.0.1-5.1-5.1.1.... do your research first

18. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

And after all that updates it still can hardly do what the SGS can at version 2.1...Pity pity

19. passerby

Posts: 1; Member since: May 23, 2012

if you meant the iPad for not able to make calls like SGS, then yes. I have iPad1, and I was disappointed to hear this news. But if you look at it this way, what was the purpose of purchasing iPad1 in the first place? It didn't have navi, siri, fb integration, etc. these would just be added bonuses if put on iPad1. iPad1 has seen 3 major updates, 3, 4, and 5.0. In comparison, the first Samsung Galaxy Tab came out around the same time as iPad1, I'm not even sure if it will be upgraded to 3.0(honeycomb) officially, never mind 4.0(ics).

21. destr0y3r

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

he's a fandroid, ignore him

8. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Considering the iPad original has been discontinued, this makes sense. However, with the table war getting really hot though, breathing life into the original iPad may have meant more loyal iOS users however. It will be interesting to see the impact here.

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Apple isnt concerned with that, its ecosystem ensures that once you are in the eco system, they want you to be trapped in it. Im sure nearly everybody who has an original Ipad will be getting another one when the time comes. A lot have already done so upgrading from the original to 2 or new ipad.

33. JenEye72

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I totally agree...I'm a little late with my comment, because I have a PC, a Netbook, and an iPhone 4 (the latter to which I am most tethered). However, I have to say, I LOVE my 1st gen iPad, even though I use it fairly sporadically as compared to my iPhone. I don't need a camera or a thinner profile, or even a slightly faster processor. When the 2nd gen iPads came out, all my research pointed to such slight differences that it wasn't crucial to look into trading up. And I'm one of those people that have one of the first iPods (yes, I lost the motherboard in it TWICE -- thank God for having the foresight to purchase the extended warranty) -- but I have to say, this behemoth STILL WORKS just fine (and of course, I bought the 5th gen iPod as well, mostly because it holds 80GB versus the 20GB (I think) on the 1st gen. Let me just say that this iPod works wonderfully still, and I have never had any problems with it whatsoever. So tonight I was updating and syncing my iPad (because it's been nearly a month) and I wanted to dl a new app (lame as it sounds, it's Beauty.com's app for the iPad). I have it on my iPhone, so I thought it'd be nice to have it on my iPad as well. So I go to install it, and I get a message saying that this app (non-essential as it may be) requires iOS 6. So I'm one of those "loyal" to my Apple purchases people.There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with my 1st gen iPad. I'm thinking that when the daily App Updates start appearing, THEY could easily require the new iOS as well, which is frankly just ridonculous. We all know iPads aren't cheap, either, so why on earth would I upgrade this soon (I've only had this thing for TWO years)! And even if I did, I'm thinking the most cost effective option would be to try and sell it back to Best Buy and get maybe a 4th of the $$ back, just so I can spend MORE $$ on a newer iPad I don't feel like I need. Yeah, Apple needs to realize the number of people like me with the 1st gens and try being LOYAL to US. I'm not holding my breath, but one can hope.

13. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Yet another "Screw you!" to all those early adopters of the iPad! Oh well, there wasn't much to ios 6 to look forward to except navigation, at least for me, so no biggie.

22. destr0y3r

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

and screw you early adopters of Android tablet without any apps, or HTC tablet that still stuck on 2.3

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

surprise surprise. to think everyone keep saying they always get iOS update unlike our Android does.

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

laugh all you want that this is not getting the update, frankly some of you iOS trolls deserve it after not seeing how obviously bad it is that Apple will push software for devices that can't properly support it. this route will be better for Apple (especially their Technical Support Staff) and their end users.

23. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

I'm not a huge Apple fan, but I bought a used iPad I from a friend who just had to have version 2. It does what I bought it to do, and I don't really care if it get the latest update UNLESS newer apps that don't really need the new features are deliberately restricted to the newer OS version. This could happen because the developers don't have an original to test on, or simply don't care. Given how Apple controls things, I can easily see this happening. It isn't jailbroken (yet), but can anyone else smell a potential hack to put the new OS, or at least some semblance of it, on the original?

25. sameerchadha

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Apple just threw first Gen IPAD out of the house and under the bus. Seriously? Since when does a 2 year old product seem too old to support?? These consumer companies, apple included, are going to bury us all in a pile of trash.

27. JDDurrant

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

If Apple aren't going to give the original iPad iOS 6, they should at least bump it up to 5.2 and add Facebook integration, any changes to Mobile Safari and removal of the classic YouTube app...

28. Littlecrabs

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Any manufacturer is one bad decision away from losing those in their ecosystem. Apple have announced at least two: 1) No iOS6 for iPad 1 = loss of trust 2) Change in docking / charger format on iPhone 5 = loss of trust They've given competitors a window of opportunity to win those customers who now have to pay for the latest firmware. I have sunk costs in iOS apps, but now might be the time for me to look seriously at Android and make the jump. The devices are effectively as good as Apple and much cheaper. Nokia screwed up when they stopped making phones compatible with the business standard car kit in the UK. Apple might have just done the same.

29. RobSherratt

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Yes owners of iPad1 like me appear to have been discontinued by Apple. Oh what a shame, my $650 investment of 2 years ago is now valued at $50 or less. This proves the problem with closed-vendor solutions - they lock you into a single source and then screw you. They decide to obsolete your tablet computer even though its hardware is perfectly usable, and they try to make you buy a later model. I've had enough of being a little grub locked inside a very sour Apple. I'm fed up with all the lock-in factors, iTunes, iCloud whatever. I wish Microsoft every success with Windows 8/RT. Instead of getting indigestion from another Apple, my future Windows 8 tablet will support USB devices, plug-in memory expansion, and whatever apps and data I want to load onto it. I am just fed up with Granny Smith.

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