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iOS 6 Maps turn-by-turn to require iPhone 4S or iPad 2

updated 11:18 am EDT, Tue June 12, 2012

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Two Maps-related features in iOS 6 will require at least an iPhone 4S or an iPad 2 to function, despite requirements for the rest of the OS, Apple has quietly revealed. A check of the official Maps page shows the fact mentioned only in a footnote. "Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later," the page reads, adding that "some features may not be available in all countries or all areas."

iOS 6 itself requires only an iPhone 3GS, although the first-generation iPad is being rendered obsolete. Both Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation can require a lot of intense 3D processing, however, which may put too much strain on the 3GS or even devices using Apple's A4 processor, including the first-gen iPad and the iPhone 4. The iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S use A5 processors; the best-equipped device may be the third-gen iPad, which has an A5X processor and 1GB of RAM.

TomTom has meanwhile confirmed that the new Maps app uses its data. "TomTom has signed a global agreement with Apple for maps and related information. No further details of the agreement will be provided," it says in a press release. TomTom currently sells a number of navigation apps in the App Store, and it's unclear what their fate will be after iOS 6 launches. Built-in turn-by-turn may seriously impact the sales of other iOS navigation apps by firms like Garmin and NAVIGON, at least in regions where Apple/TomTom provides support.

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  1. wrenchy

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    Oh the


  1. cmoney

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    No more street view AND no more public transit directions? Does it even include subway stops?

    Really hoping Google releases their own iOS Maps app now.

  1. Flying Meat

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    Meh. There are already 3rd

    party apps that provide this functionality. I have one on my 3GS and expect it will continue to work (it better! >: | )


  1. testudo

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    Re: Oh th

    This isn't fragmentation, this is obsolescence over time.

    So, when android phones have different capabilities, it's the horrors of fragmentation. When older iOS devices are 'legacied', and even newer devices have different features or capabilities (no siri on ipad, certain features only allowed on latest iPhone), it's just 'planned obsolesence'.

    But doesn't the developer have to worry about all these different platforms, OS's in play, features to support or not support?

    Or is that just an android inconvenience?

  1. Stuke

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    testudo, you're right

    as a diehard Apple fan and iDevice junkie, you're right...Apple is making their hardware advances and subsequent software upgrades too frequent, or perhaps the right expression is too large, such that 'planned obsolescence' is hitting more and more 'recent' hardware owners. I for example am very disgusted Siri isn't going to be released on iPhone 4. Really, the hacks and jailbreaks show it works, Apple can only be protecting the server farm and highest profits. Oh, that's right, their a publicly traded capitalistic business. Go Apple Stock!

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    Re: "obsolescence over time"

    is that not Apple's nomenclature for the evil "planed obsolescence"?

  1. DaJoNel

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    You went through a phase of solid thinking. Oh, well.

    Everything will become obsolete at some point. Apple designs software so that it works with the current hardware, thus iOS 3 would be great on the 3GS, but by iOS 6 the old hardware can't keep up with some of the rigors. Yes, Siri should be on the iPhone 4. But Apple wanted another selling point for the 4S.

  1. wrenchy

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    @ DaJoNel

    >>>Siri should be on the iPhone 4. But Apple wanted another selling point for the 4S

    So what are you trying to say?? It's ok for Apple to s**** over it's users by withholding software features to push sales of a newer model?

    That's just plain evil.

  1. DaJoNel

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    It's okay. It's their product. Their software. We have the choice not to buy and not to upgrade. For some people it's not that big of a deal and they'll rub their iPhone 5's in our faces this fall. Nothing wrong with that, it's actually kind of fun (even being on the older technology side).

    And s**** it. Jailbreak if you can't take it.

  1. benjitek

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    Old 'News'...

    This information circulated the tech blogosphere the day Apple announced iOS 6 and it's features. In tech-news-years, this information is ancient... ;-)

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