iOS 6

FaceTime 3G Calls on iOS 6 Limited to iPhone 4S

FaceTime calling will get more convenient when iOS 6 is released this fall, but only for those with A5 devices. More details in the fine print have revealed that Apple plans to limit cellular data FaceTime calling to the iPhone 4S and new iPad. Older models including the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are left out of the fun.

FaceTime 3G cellular

This means that older iPhone owners, already lacking Siri, must remain connected to a Wi-Fi network to make or receive a FaceTime video call. The news comes as no big surprise, as Apple typically limits some iOS updates to newer devices, especially when hardware limitations are an issue. Already news has surfaced that the new Maps application will limit turn-by-turn navigation to the iPhone 4S as well.

iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 Not Getting Turn by Turn Navigation or 3D Maps

Apple promised a lot of new features for all iOS devices thanks to iOS 6, however, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 owners are being left out in the cold when it comes to the new Apple-developed Maps software. Pocket-Lint noticed some fine print foolery at the bottom of Apple's Maps page. It reads: “Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.”

iPhone 4S

There is more bad news for iPhone 3GS owners. The device will not be receiving VIP List, Flagged Smart mailboxes, FaceTime and Offline reading. It's safe to assume that the iPhone 3GS will be discontinued in the fall when Apple is expected to announce their next-generation smartphone. However, iPhone 4 owners may be feeling a little burned by iOS 6 after its release.

Apple Details New iOS 6 Features at WWDC

The wait is finally over. Apple showed off its new mobile operating system, iOS 6 at today's WWDC 2012 keynote event. The beta will be released to developers right away, with the rest of us getting the firmware update this fall.

WWDC announcement Apple keynote

There are over 200 new features in iOS 6, and these will be coming to the iPhone 3GS and later models. The improvements include new and completely redesigned apps as well as system-level Facebook integration. Here's a list of features highlighted by Apple:

iOS 6 Banners Spotted in San Francisco

A 9to5Mac reader managed to snap a picture of an iOS 6 banner being hung at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. MacRumors also posted a few different iOS 6 photos taken by Instagram user Zac Altman. This proves that Apple is set to unveil iOS 6 during the Worldwide Developers Conference which kicks off on Monday.

WWDC 2012

iOS 6 is expected to bring Siri to the iPad 3, and full Facebook integration to all iOS devices. Other changes include a "Do Not Disturb" switch for notifications, Apple 3D Maps, and Siri improvements.

Click here for a complete breakdown of all the rumored changes.

Apple iOS 6 Upgrade Details Revealed

Now that WWDC 2012 is only a few days away, there's been plenty of time for speculation, research, rumors and leaks. Apple is set to show off its latest mobile operating system next week, iOS 6. So what have we learned is already in the works for the firmware?

WWDC announcements

According to reports, Apple will focus primarily on major improvements to apps, while most functions of iOS will remain unchanged. iPad 3 owners will be happy to know that Siri is expected to launch on their devices with the release of iOS 6. So what does iOS 6 have in store for the rest of us?


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