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

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Jun 2013, 09:24

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…

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posted on 11 Jun 2013, 17:23 1

82. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

I'd agree with you, except for the fact that the iPad 3 gets less features than the Mini, yet the mini has inferior hardware. These features that are getting left out on other devices aren't for hardware reasons, but on the basis on what's the newest device. At least for most of the features.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:26

93. iushnt (Posts: 2218; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

I hope apple comes up with much more future proof hardware rather than the concept of "it is just enough of it just works" after 3 yrs s4 will have many capabilites and features compared to ip5 due to insane specs..

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:08

49. Ninetysix (Posts: 2647; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Does any Android manufacturer even release official updates to their devices that is 3+ years old?


posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:24 3

65. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Nope, Apple doesn't either. (Typing from a 5.1.1 iPad)

I think the bigger point some of us are making is, don't talk about fragmenting when your OS is fragmented as well. It's going to happen no matter what, even with iOS.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:20

91. iushnt (Posts: 2218; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

They dun need.. 3 yrs old android are already so perfect compared to iPhones.. iOS7 is catching up android froyo, gingerbread which is 3 yrs old..

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:49

97. willard12 (unregistered)

Does any android manufacturer have their CEO get on a stage and scream "fragmentation, fragmentation, fragmentation?" Android offers choice. If a consumer wants updates for older devices, they can CHOOSE a Nexus.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 23:14

100. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Al least devices get all the features when they update, and even devices that do not update get new stuff and services

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:19

51. hoshi (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jun 2013)

I have an itouch 5g, i must be happy to have all the new features...?

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:25

52. stealthd (unregistered)

The problem with fragmentation has nothing to do with 3-4 year old phones not getting updates. It's about NEW phones or phones that haven't been out that long not getting updates.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:28 1

53. CreeDiddy (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

It designed like this on purpose. It forces people to upgrade. It's a sales tactic!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:44

56. Ninetysix (Posts: 2647; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Is it because the 3 year old phone automatically stops working when the new udpate is released? Might also have something to do with that Apple sales person that's holding a gun on your head forcing you to upgrade...

Yes..that's it!

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:23

92. iushnt (Posts: 2218; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)

Yes.. I was perfectly using viber on my secondary iPhone 3g..now when I updated it, it got removed.. Now I can't install it or use it.. Similarly, many of my apps are not working which was working well before.. This is the worst ecosystem..

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 12:58 3

62. Hallucinator (Posts: 387; Member since: 24 May 2010)

I am definitely an IPhone fan. This is fragmentation, however no where near as bad as Android. Then again, there are not nearly as many different Iphones as there are Android phones. It is going to happen, as others have said. It is just like when Samsung releases a new galaxy phone with a few new features that the older ones do not get.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 13:04 1

63. Quezdagreat (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

I don't see anything wrong with it, its just way to make you want to upgrade your phone. but tell me this, how many android phone that came since the iphone 4 got the jelly bean update and it was not manufactured by Samsung?.

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 14:30 1

71. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

I would rather get an update that isn't complete then no update at all

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 15:36

73. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

I'm happy iTouch 5 gets all the features :P

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 16:20 1

80. NewTone (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

I dont get it, Panorama is on my 4s right now.... how is this "new"?

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:28

94. google8374 (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Jun 2013)

i just got the ios7 from etsy.com/listing/153786325/udid-activation
and i love it havent had any problems with it. no bugs

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 22:45

96. flynfree (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Jun 2013)

Is the next iphone 5s will added stereo speakers, sd slot, replaceable batt, and fm radio!? Kindly inform me when they do that for their next iteration of phone, I'm bored using my hTc One.

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