iOS 6 Maps flyover will require A5 processor

iOS 6 Maps flyover will require A5 processor
One thing that Apple didn't really go through with much detail as part of yesterday's iOS 6 unveiling was in which features would be available on what hardware. We already know that Siri will be available on the new iPad, but not the iPad 2, and now we're finding out about some hardware that will be left out of the new 3D flyover feature in Apple's new Maps app. 

Apparently, the 3D flyover feature will require the power of the A5 processor (at least) in order to run properly. This means that the Maps flyover will be available on the iPad 2, new iPad, iPhone 4S, and future mobile iProducts, but it will not be available to those with original generation iPads, iPhone 3Gs or iPhone 4, although those devices will still be able to run iOS 6.

If you're still stuck with an iPhone 3Gs, you'll also apparently find that you don't get access to a few other iOS 6 features like FaceTime on 3G and VIP Mail lists, though we're not really sure why VIP Mail lists would be a feature that gets left out. It doesn't seem like something that would be all that resource intensive. Still, the best option with mobile devices is to not hold on to that old hardware too long, because eventually you're going to get left out. 

source: Ars Technica

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33 Comments

1. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

That's impossible. That would be similar to fragmentation. iOS doesn't have fragmentation.

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

What...., what? This...., this can't be.... Am I in the Twilight Zone? Apple & fragmentation? How the tables have turned! lol

5. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

I'm an apple guy, but that was a good one bro lmao!!!

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You know I am glad you can take a joke. It's refreshing to see an Apple guy with a sense of humor. Plus 1 for you!

2. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

maybe not but apparently their maps will be resources hungry as a hog

3. jcanderson47

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 23, 2011

appearantly turn by turn nav is same thing!!!! BS

6. bragzter

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Siri said that Google got their OS from Ben & Jerry. So with this revalation, where is Apple OS coming from now?

8. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

From McDonald's Happy Meal!!! lol

9. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Its TomTom data ... TomTom has been doing GPS and mapping for a long time. Should be good.

14. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

flyover is not tomtom data... that is all apple.. tomtom i would assume is supplying the turn by turn directions and the traffic...

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and from behind the fog of slick advertisement, iOS continues its reign of untold fragmentation.

13. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

At least apple is clever enough not to add it to those devices and it ends up crashing the phones

15. jove39

Posts: 2140; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Fragmentation...but they cant keep on supporting old hardware...this has to happen one day...what the hell...why do I care!

16. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Correct me if I'm wrong but don't all devices running Android 4.0.4 have access to all the features of 4.0.4? Why can't all iOS devices running iOS 6 have access to all the features of iOS 6?

17. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Because those few devices came out recently so that mean they have the required specs

18. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

The Nexus S came out December 2010 and it runs 4.0.4

22. chrischau1308

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Hello!!!!! The official update doesn't have Face Unlock!

27. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

True, because the camera on it doesn't work well enough according to google, even though it in actual use is fine. It works for me 70/30 if I pose right, so I just got rid of it for a number pin to save time.

29. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Exactly, it's a hardware limitation. Plus face unlock is just a gimmick, it's not nearly as important as turn by turn navigation.

19. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Of course it does, it was the first phone to have ics and it's dual core

20. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

You're thinking of the Galaxy Nexus! The Nexus S is a different device. Only one core running at 1Ghz, but still a good phone.

21. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Yeah you're right oops lol

24. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No biggie. Who hasn't mixed the two up...

26. krdawg10

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Anyone want iOS 6 beta for $5 iMessage or email Homemadegeek@gmail.com Let him know Kyle sent you works awesome

28. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

google should sue apple. ios blatantly rips off android's patented fragmentation!

30. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Haha.. lol. You got me there!

31. thelegend6657 unregistered

iPad 1 not getting ios6 right ?

33. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Its about time you got some actual turn-by-turn nav built into the software Apple! this has been my only beef. as far as the topic of fragmentation goes...if fragmentation means not trying run the latest software on phones that don't have the hardware to keep up *coughs Android*...i'm all for fragmentation. but with the Galaxy S3 a month away for me...nav & iOS6 may not even be a factor.

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