With the impending WWDC coming up, a lot of hype has been surrounding the launch of iOS 6. Naturally, the kind of new features and shiny new bells and whistles that Apple will add in have taken center stage, but there has been an equal amount of curiosity surrounding a very important factor – compatibility for old devices. Going by some reports, the original iPad and the third gen iPod Touch may just be culled from the list of devices getting iOS 6.
Apple has had a policy of providing software support for a device for at least two years since its launch. It was a very major part of how Steve Jobs and co. marketed Apple’s mobile devices. Moreover, they laid special emphasis on juxtaposing Apple’s OS upgrade policies with Android’s often shoddy and unreliable updates.
In that light, it makes sense for Apple to do away with iOS 6 support for the first iPad – it has received all the updates in the iOS 4.x and 5.x series. It has outlived the life cycle promised for it by Apple, and it can’t be expected to receive any more updates.
But then again, given that the iPhone 4, which launched at around the same time and has inferior specs (save the Retina Display), is in line for getting iOS 6, why can’t the iPad?
The full list of devices and software getting upgrades in iOS 6 are as follows:
- Consumer: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular (GSM), WiFi + Cellular (CDMA)
- Enterprise: Wi-Fi, WiFi + Cellular (GSM), WiFi + Cellular (CDMA)
- Consumer: Wi-Fi, WiFi + 3G (GSM), WiFi + 3G (CDMA), Revised Wi-Fi
- Enterprise: Wi-Fi, WiFi + 3G (GSM), WiFi + 3G (CDMA), Revised Wi-Fi
- Consumer: 4S, 4 (GSM), 4 (CDMA), 3GS
- Enterprise: 4S, 4 (GSM), 4 (CDMA), 3GS
- Consumer: 4th Generation
- Enterprise: 4th Generation
- Consumer: 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation