iOS 6 “fragmentation” detailed: which device gets what

iOS 6 “fragmentation” detailed: which device gets what
“Fragmentation” is a word heavily loaded against Android and a term a bit too broad for our liking. It’s true that software updates on Android devices often arrive too late, but this depends on the carrier, it’s also true that some features are available on certain devices and not on others, and on and on, but using the general term fragmentation blurs those issues and writes all Android devices under a common negative denominator.

So far, Apple has been particularly proud of its “non-fragmented” operating system and lineup, but it seems that this concept broke with iOS 6. Hidden in the fine print of iOS 6 new features and updates are some staggering inconsistencies across devices - certain features are reserved for the newer devices and will never allow on older models. If that’s not a perfect example of something begging to be labelled with the same vague word “fragmentation” than we don’t know what is.

The folks from India’s have penned this brilliant table showcasing just how fragmented Apple’s ecosystem really is after iOS 6, and it’s a joy to behold for the Android fans who finally get a big weapon in their anti-Apple arsenal. We bet you know this, but let’s keep this civil and think about what this means for the ecosystem that Apple is building. Is that a huge blow to it and does it change your perception about Cupertino’s platform? Share your thoughts below.

source: iGyaan



1. wendygarett unregistered

Wow thanks Victor... You and Michael understand our feelings as an ios user... :)

94. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually most iDevices get two updates. Timely updates. Android, you get nothing but a phone full of bugs after six months to a year.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Interesting what now Apple fans will say about 'fragmentation' ?

13. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

If this is considered fragmentation then that is a good thing for ios and here is why. Since apple can hold back on features on there os that older devices can't handle that means they can push updates to their older devices whereas in android you would get a laggy update or none if that happens. You tell me what you rather have. So android isn't fragmented (and fragmentation is good) its differentiated to a high degree causing problems for devices not on the base verision of the os supported by google. Sure apple abused this as an iphone 4 can handle facetime over 3g but there trying to push new devices and make money also. There a company afterall.

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Apple fans attitude: Android 'fragmentation' = Bad iOS 'fragmentation' = Good

20. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Here is Apple's take on this: "Do as I say, but don't do as I do".

23. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

PFirst of all I am no where close to an apple fan I have owned more android devices then ios ones. I love android and ios but i love different things about them. However this board is slanted android so i may come off as a "apple fan" but i am anything but. My friends all think i am a android fan as they are apple slanted. Second of all I don't get how that cliche applies as apple does push updates.

29. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I don't say that you are Apple fan. :)

46. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Well post 14 appeared that way lmao

105. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I just say what will say Apple fans, but I didn't said that you are an Apple fan. ;)

87. HTCFreak

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 17, 2010

No, only taco's attitude :p

15. tedkord

Posts: 17507; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I see we're now iRationalizing fragmentation. One day, if iPhones suddenly stop working en masse, you'll see people on forums stating how wonderful it is that Apple cares enough about its customers to want them to get off the phone and get out and exercise.

19. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

You see i make a serious point and you come back at me with rubish. Considering ios is updating devices for 4 whole years and android if your lucky you get 2 and wait 8 months for that update this is an area ios is clearly superior. I don't claim ios is a superior os but updates have been fantastic. Its one reason ios users are so satisfied.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17507; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I apologize if I came across nasty, I mistook you for another Taco or Gallito. That said, I disagree. Fragmentation is fragmentation. It's either good or bad, depending on your point if view. It has the same effects regardless if platform - minor app issues. It can't be a bad thing on one platform, and good on another. If Apple is leaving out features in some devices, apps which use those features won't work. That is the same fragmentation as Android. The four year thing also isn't true. The iPhone 4 didn't get Siri 18 months after it was released. The original iPad isn't 4 years old, and its getting a castrated version of iOS6. If things are left out, its not the same OS.

40. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Ok well first of all this post is much better and no I am not taco/gallito. -The four year thing is kinda a up to four years of support considering the 3gs will have 4 years of support. -I would say fragmentation the way apple does it has some good aspects at the very least since it allows older devices to get updates by withholding features. It sucks not to have said features but if that the price you have to pay for updates then count me in. -Android fragmentation if you will doesn't have the issue of with holding a feature or two but has the much more serious problem of not updating devices at all. Maybe some feel they would rather have the whole thing or nothing at all but I feel the compromise apple has set forth is better. Feel free to disagree but thats my take on the matter.

43. elandrumiii

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

The original iPad is out of this up date it is gone the way of the OG iPhone

44. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Yes rip to the ipad we loved thee :(

56. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thats a poor excuse to sday you confuse him with me or taco.. different avatar and name.. just own up that you are a dumb@ss and dont make excuses

61. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Lol uhhh oo galitoking is in the house lol

83. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

agreed. apple gives the illusion of a uniformed ecosystem by giving older devices the same iOS version number but that has never meant they include all the new features. Apple though I will say leaves more features out than necessary to make sure their customers feel the need to upgrade sooner. Android I feel tries to update all the features the phone can physically support. And even if the Manufacture does drop update support, which lets face it happens to every device at some point, theres a strong developer community that is producing updates for the phone if you root.

97. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Not sure why they thumbed you down. You speak the truth. I love Android, but in the past, manufacturers have been slow to update, and most manufacturers have not fixed this yet. Although we cant blame them entirely, sometimes carriers are to blame as well, they dont want to push out updates for phones that are End of Life or nearing it.

100. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Well "tedkord" is right indeed about Apple leaving some of the customers out to dry, so to speak and as for Android devices getting maybe 2 updates within an 8 month time frame, that is pretty good seeing how most people upgrade their devices about every 2 years or so. Lets face it though even with iOS6, Apple is still struggling to catch up to all of the features which are implemented into Android. Android had all of these features well over 2 years ago. So if your content with paying top dollar for a device, which looks cool, but offers you options which are outdated, then that's your prerogative and your just supporting a company that's frankly taking advantage of their customers. I guess their clever marketing techniques full all ages. LOL

70. SleepingOz unregistered


24. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I knew ifans wouldn't let actual facts get in their way. Whenever Apple does the same thing that they have b*tched about Android doing. Ifans tell themselves, that Apple must have a good reason for doing it. & thats the end of their critical reasoning.

27. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

First of all i'm not an ifan see above. - second of all your making statements without backing anything up with fact. Your arguments are based on nothing but ifans are trying to rastionalize something where i give a valid reason why updates are the way they are on ios. -lastly you just an android fan trying to rastionalize the faults in the android ecosystem by saying look everyone else is just as bad. But in reality apple is supporting the iphone 3gs for four years made possible by fragmentation. This is clearly a weakness of android an Achilies heal if you will. Something as an android user you should be pissed off about and say look how long apple supports their devices why aren't mine supported that long. You should be trying to encourage google to take the reins from the carriers to be able to do so. But no instead you make it a fanboy fight. In the end its your loss.

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

True! +1 for you. :)

33. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

How in the hell is that true. I never said apple must have a good reason for witholding features i gave the reason apple is doing what they are doing. How biased are you. Do you want to actually talk about why apple doesn't have a good reason for this? No. You want to have a fanboy fight instead? Please lets have an intelligent discusion instead of what the peanut gallery is doing.

59. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

biophone. now you see why I behave like I do.. they never want to listen to other arguments.. always saying the way I say things.. but you have been polite and they have been nothing but rude.. anyways is always nice to read you.

62. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Galo just because someone was rude to you doesn't mean you should be rude back. But remixfa and superandroidevo haven't been at all so there is that.

68. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

hey SAE is a very civil guy and remix.. I do respect him but love fighting with him..

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