iOS 6 To Exclude Original iPad?
iOS 6 beta (build 10A5316k) is expected to make its appearance at Worldwide Dvelopers Conference (WWDC) this week. The conference started yesterday. The announcments and introductions made on the first day are expected any moment.
If Chinese forum WeiPhone.com is to be believed, it seems that some of the beta links for iOS 6 have made their way out just a little bit early. However, at the time of this news report being written, the links are not quite working. This could mean that Apple is beginning to prepare their developer download links to the iOS 6 beta that will be revealed so that the links are ready to be downloaded as soon as they announce it.
However, this may sound strange but the original iPad has been left out of the iOS 6 beta links. Ironically, according to the links, the iPhone 3GS, which has a slower processor than the original iPad, will still be able to run iOS 6 beta as well as every other iPhone released after the iPhone 3GS. As a bonus, only the 4th Generation iPod Touch will be able to run iOS 6 beta as the 3rd Generation iPod Touch does not have any iOS 6 beta links available. According to the links, the iPad 2 and the new iPad will also be able to run iOS 6 beta.
These findings could mean one of two things – either Apple is not finished with their linking, or they plan to phase out the original iPad from their iOS operating system sooner than expected. Logically, it would make more sense for Apple to stop supporting the iPhone 3GS instead of the original iPad due to hardware capabilities.
The finding that the original iPad is not supported is currently still just a rumor which can be false. However all truths shall soon be revealed. iOS 6 is expected to bring a whole bunch of great new features to iOS. The new features would include a new maps system, a ‘do not disturb’ feature, Facebook integration, and the arrival of Siri to the new iPad. More features will likely be added, but they are yet to be uncovered about the operating system.
If Apple does choose not to support the original iPad, many Apple customers would be disappointed.