iOS 7 is coming to iPhone 4 and up, but not all features will be available on all devices

iOS 7 is coming to iPhone 4 and up, but not all features will be available on all devices
So, iOS 7 is finally here, and guess what, it'll be coming to most of the iPhones and iPads currently in use. As before, though, not each and every feature will be available on every iOS 7-supported model.

Let's start with the good news: starting this fall, iOS 7 will be released for the iPhone 5, 4S and even the 4, as well as the iPad 4, 3, 2, mini and iPod touch 5th gen. That's some pretty awesome software support right there, but as we said, there will be some limitations in place for the older devices. Thankfully, though, it seems like those limitations won't be too severe:

  1. Panorama format is available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation). Square and video formats and swipe to capture are available on iPhone 4 or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).
  2. Filters in Camera are available on iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation). Filters in Photos are available on iPhone 4 or later, iPad (3rd generation or later), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).
  3. AirDrop is available on iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account.
  4. Siri is available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply. New female and male voices will be available initially in U.S. English, French, and German.


So, not that bad, right? Best of all, each of the above-mentioned devices will be getting the brand new user interface, which remains the biggest new iOS feature. iOS 7 will be made publicly available this fall, probably at the same time as the launch of the next iPhone.

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35 Comments

1. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

as much as i hate apple but ....they are pulling the android thing that every manufacturers do.. aint a good sign ppl!

2. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Apparently Apple is running out of innovation as the entire flattened look is borrowed off Windows Phone and the new power control feature originated on Android.

7. stealthd unregistered

Apple's flattened look is very different from Windows Phone. Did you even look at iOS 7?

15. ideal_josh

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

You should be asked that question

23. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

No. If the look is flattened it doesn't mean it is borrowed from windows phone. The whole translucent design combined with simplicity is really something refreshing.

25. d_droid

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

ANYTHING would have been refreshing after 5 years of the same stale OS

28. Rager722 unregistered

and there messaging UI is alot like Blackberry Flow

30. Veritas_Aurora

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

Exactly, but design a product wasn't a big issue if you compare it with giving birth to a new idea, apple is running out of or literally keen to re-create such kind of ideas. For most of users, if apple's “reference” can help to perfect the whole ecosystem, it should be encouraged

3. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

It's so nice of them saying that 93% of iOS users are running the latest iOS version but they fail to mention when making this comparison that not all 93% of those users will have all the features available to them from the latest iOS....

5. bucky

Posts: 3778; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'd rather be running the newest software missing a few features than being behind and not having any of it.

13. gagdude

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

the old versions of android already have all the features of ios 7...... pulldown from lockscreen, true multitasking, that live wallpaper, the weather animations in the app, changing keyboards come to think about it, ios has always been android 0.1, until now where they move up to android 1.0. android 1.5 had widgets so i guess apple is still behind

16. mishooo111

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

yes but old versions of androids are also laggy as hell

33. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

Android 2.3 has all these features !!!! LOL !!!

35. srisri

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

the point is it lags !! old android=laggy grandma

17. ideal_josh

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

ill rather put a custom Rom and have all new features than having just looks

18. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

How is this any different from "Fragmentation"?

26. d_droid

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

It isn't.

27. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Ditto. You guys beat me to it.

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

93% of iphone users are up to date... But not everyone are getting all the features. :( Shame. So really only 30% are up to date!!!!!!!!

6. datoserigarylaw unregistered

So the iPod Touch 4th Gen is not supported? :(

8. mishooo111

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

i am soooo disappointed... i was waiting for this update for so long and i'm not getting it :(

12. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

It can barely run iOS 5 and 6. I think it would die trying to run the visuals of iOS 7. I am sad to see my little 4g won't get the update, but I know it would be a horrible experience to use iOS 7 on it. Plus I still have my 4S, so I will still get to use it.

32. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But the iPhone 4 is supported and they both have Apple's A4 cpu (though I suspect the iPod has a slightly weaker version and iPod has only 256 mb RAM while iPhone 4 has 512 mb). Though I agree with you that iOS 6 is laggy on the iPod Touch 4 and iPhone 4, compared to how smoothly iOS 4 ran.

9. shamashu9

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Apple will announce the new Windows iPhone 7!

11. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

It is different from WP.

21. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

hahaha, u r very funny.... look at the multitasking and messaging app for example on ios7.... its a complete replica of wp not to mention lots of others!!!

10. WestFiasco unregistered

Not a bad job apple, i don't know how much i like the overall look of it but the new features are a welcome change from what they produced before.

14. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

NFC > AirDrop Even though I haven't seen it in action, tapping your phone together seems so much easier.

19. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

After all those ridiculous law suits toward Android and Samsung, What apple decided to do was integrate Android like features on iOS. Very innovative.

20. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I really don't consider this a "brand new UI". It is still the same UI. It is a new skin/theme. Really don't think it can be consider a new UI. It still function the same. Some of the feature and apps have been slightly updated. But, this title of "brand new ui" that everyone is quick to shower iOS 7 with is not justified I fine.

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