x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA

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

Posted: , posted by Nick T.

Tags :

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

  • Options

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:32 6

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

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

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:35 9

2. jove39 (Posts: 1994; Member since: 18 Oct 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!

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:36 6

3. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 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.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:37 6

4. Dejavu_LT (Posts: 47; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:40 8

5. Iphone4 (unregistered)

no more Ios device for me

posted on 06 Aug 2012, 16:23 1

26. JDDurrant (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 14:55 3

6. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 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?

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:00 2

9. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)

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

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:55

12. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

The original galaxy s, nexus one

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 02:24 1

20. destr0y3r (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 12:28

24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 23:05 1

16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Droid X, Droid Incredible. :P

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:31 4

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.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:02 4

10. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 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?

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 20:28 3

15. matistight (Posts: 574; Member since: 13 May 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

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 23:18

18. frydaexiii (Posts: 1476; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 01:02 3

19. passerby (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 May 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).

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 02:24 1

21. destr0y3r (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

he's a fandroid, ignore him

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 15:40 2

8. theoak (Posts: 324; Member since: 16 Nov 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.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 16:31 1

11. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 05:06

33. JenEye72 (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Nov 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.

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 17:16 2

13. Whateverman (Posts: 3287; Member since: 17 May 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.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 02:25 1

22. destr0y3r (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 19:35

14. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

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

posted on 11 Jun 2012, 23:10

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 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.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 06:06 1

23. ibap (Posts: 786; Member since: 09 Sep 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?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 16:26 1

25. sameerchadha (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jun 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.

posted on 06 Aug 2012, 16:27

27. JDDurrant (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Aug 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...

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 04:30

28. Littlecrabs (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Sep 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.

posted on 21 Sep 2012, 15:04

29. RobSherratt (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Sep 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.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories