Older Apple devices won’t get all iOS 7 features: is fragmentation lurking in?

Older Apple devices won’t get all iOS 7 features: is fragmentation lurking in?
Apple has taken great pride in its non-fragmented iOS ecosystem. At least, it has presented it that way, trying to make the point that Android in contrast suffers from fragmentation where not all features are on all devices and not all updates come in timely manner.

We whole-heartedly agree that both Google and third-party phone makers have some catching up to do with the update speeds, but when it comes to new features coming to all devices on the ecosystem, Apple suffers from the same issue.

Here is a quick round-up of some neat new features coming with iOS 7. As you probably already know, iOS 7 will be available on devices as old as the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2. But if you thought that they will all get the same features as the latest iDevices, you are wrong. Take a look at what new features will arrive to older iOS devices and which just won’t make it.

source: MobileGeeks



1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

No Windows Phone and Android features for the iPhone 3G? :"-(

11. ihatesmartphone unregistered

nevermine... they can jailbreak >> go to >> cydia >> manage >> add source >> ios7 lol...

29. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Why? You can have it all and much more without warranty void with Android :-)

31. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

why would such an old iphone still have any warranty...and if u restore the iphone no one can tell that it was jailbroken and android has rooting...android has some freedom but you get full freedom only on jailbroken idevices and rooted droids

64. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

And if you are like the rest of us who read the user agreement, "rooting" is grounds for the carrier to terminate the contract. I have an old PC running XP and I still get free updates. I plan to upgrade to iOS 7 for free for my iPad 2 and iPad Mini. I have an android smartphone, and Google does not allow me to upgrade my OS in the same vein as MS OS or iOS --- why is that? Why does Google abridge my rights under the First Sale Doctrine when it comes to "freely" upgrading my androd OS? You always read about the android community telling everyone how much better android OS versus other OS, yet when it comes down to the most basic benefit of the END USER "freely" updating the OS, Google's android is stuck in the stone ages.

66. guest

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

The only thing stuck in the stone ages is iOS which will finally get the same software features that Android users have a enjoyed for a couple years now ;-) I had a HTC Mytouch 4g that is 3 years old that had just about every "new" feature in iOS 7 except for air drop aka wifi direct. Oh it was able to view flash content :-) Google does not discourage rooting and roming they actually encourage it. That's why the Nexus devices are so easy to modify. The mfg are to blame since they only have limited resources to update all of the phones they sell. Samsung has been pretty good about updating their flagship models as far back as the Galaxy S2. Besides its quality of the updates not quantity. How many versions of iOS have been released just to catch up to the features of a 3 year old Android flagship device running Gingerbread version 2.3? Has anyone else noticed a lot of the graphics and fonts are very similar to the HTC One? I have the One and it is laughable how many things look the same sans the pastel color scheme. Perhaps you should do some opposition research and ponder a bit before posting, it might help open your eyes :-)

72. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Nexus devices are on life support.. and the % of people running the latest Android version is what again?.... please you accept the facts..

74. willard12 unregistered

The people running android 2.3 have almost all of the features above in some form. Isn't it bad when someone running an outdated version of Android has all of the features of the latest version of iOS, and then some? Welcome to toggles!!!

76. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Carriers lock phones, not OEMs. This is one heckuva skewed argument for iOS (a closed system) being more open than android (an open source system which anyone can compile). I actually have to give you credit for trolling this hard.

108. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

maxican16: You made a statement that is factually incorrect - you stated "carriers lock phones, not OEMs". I just finished the search and your comment contradicts the events of Samdung's Galaxy S2. After selling about 10 million units of the S2, Samsung announced it would not be updating the OS and gave a bullsh*t excuse about problems with its hardware. Here is a case of the OEM locking the software update. Clearly, you are wrong about the role OEMs play. Because Samdung faced so much backlash from its announcemnet, it eventually changed its tune.

113. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I actually meant to say "Carriers lock phones, not _Google_." But I'm talking about the locking of bootloaders. Which you would know if you knew anything about android phones. In your example, you stated Samsung wouldn't update the SGS2, and then you said they reneged that and updated the phone. Great argument. That, by the way, has nothing to do with locking phones. If I had to correct every single factually incorrect statement you've made, I wouldn't get anything done at work! Haha. Look, you're simply a fanboy and there's no way I will be able to penetrate your thick skull with logic. You still have nothing to say about Apple's fragmentation because you just won't admit it. I feel bad for you.. I used to be closed minded too. Then I grew up and realized people will like what they like and that's that. But you could at least stop the name calling and the racial profiling... you know, stop being such an a$$hat. That being said, I honestly hope you enjoy your new to you features.

99. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

So your old PC running XP got a free upgrade to windows 8? Or your Mac is going to get a free upgrade to mavericks? Oh please that was a lame argument

101. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

you simply lie, manufacturer of the phone doesn't allow you to upgrade (not Google), you brainwashed ;) so you say that your XP gets free updates to W8? :-D

81. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

I just put on memory card on my Maxx HD. Then navigate to file and install. I don't even have to be rooted or you all like to say Jailbreak.

86. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

In the old days, we called it partitioning the hard drive. xmusicianguy, nothing you said addresses the fact you can't get direct updates from Google, especially if you have a prepaid smart phone. I understand Google is changing this stance with it's version of HTC One et al, but the fact Goigle is doing this means it knows there's a problem.

90. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Simple response so you'll understand: Google is not the manufacturer of every android phone. Therefore it is not their responsibility to update phones they have not put their label on. At least do a little research before criticizing for all the wrong reasons. Face the facts: Apple is fragmented as well. Else why is the mini getting features the superior iPad 3 isn't?

104. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

maxican16: Why is it so hard for you to understand MicroSoft is not the manufacturer of PC's yet the end-user still gets updates from MS. Last time anyone checked Google owns android. Your argument is simply nonsense.

109. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

First of all, your comparing PCs to mobile phones.. really? The OS and ecosystems are apples and oranges. Secondly, in the mobile world, OEMs take android and "skin" it; they apply changes to the framework of the source code that fundamentally changes the code. It is no longer stock. Therefore, they are now responsible for updating the system. Not Google. Google is not a hardware manufacturer. Apple has full control if hardware and software and still sees fragmentation. You just can't accept that fact. Good day.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Hahaha "Fragmentation"™

59. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This isn't fragmentation. Those devices are actually getting the update. The features won't work well with the outdated hardware in the devices.

67. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Actually is fragmentation, the number in the settings doesn't matter, you don't upgrade for the numbers, but for the features that it will offer ;-) iOS is fragmented too! :D Actually in Android is lower cause even the "old" Nexus S got the full JB experience with Google Now ;-) NAILED IT!

69. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

The fact that you said "NAILED IT!" proves you in fact did not nail it.

70. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Seems that you are incompetent.

89. iushnt

Posts: 3126; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Now you come to know what future proof specs are.. Apple keep those specs which just works and are not much future proof.. Even gs2 got premium suite upgrade

102. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Seriously? Do only the latest generation of Apple devices have Wi-Fi, because AirDrop is transferring via Wi-Fi, like Wi-Fi Direct. Also do only the latest generation of Apple devices have CPUs strong enough to handle Camera filters. I could go on, but nuf said. Obviously Apple isn't allowing some features on older devices to pressure people to buy their latest generation.

83. YellowSmileY

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 10, 2011


2. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Why would the Iphone 4 not get Panorama? That's bewildering.

15. Reverence

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

aaa.......because its apple! And what happens if they are not giving, Cydia gives and if someone is tooo idiot he can download panorama app from their 900,000 apps

16. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Apple uses the all device update to hide its fragmentation. If you have a iphone 3gs or 4, you cant use all iOs features, but you are in fact running iOs 6. And them they show that pie graph with almost no fragmentation... Thats how Apple does business, with lies

40. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Soooooooo TRUE!!! lmfao

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