In case you just arrived on a transport from Mars, Apple’s iOS 7 is due out soon. What will it do for the iPhone or iPad you already own? From AFP:
As well as a totally new look and feel, the latest OS also brings a raft of new and innovative features, including a serious overhaul of Siri… But not all of the headline features will function on every Apple device because of processor, RAM and screen resolution requirements, so here’s a breakdown of what iOS7 will do on different devices.
Therein lies the rub. New features in iOS 7 are not always backwards to compatible to older devices.
- AirDrop – shares files but only on the latest iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad mini.
- Siri – new features work on iPhones back to iPhone 4S, newer iPads.
- Camera – lens filters only on iPhone 5. Image filters on devices back to iPad 2, and iPhone 4.
- iTunes Radio – the free internet service works on devices back to iPhone 4, and iPad 2.
Everyone gets pretty icons.