iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 Won’t Get Turn-By-Turn Navigation Or 3D Maps In iOS 6

iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 Won’t Get Turn-By-Turn Navigation Or 3D Maps In iOS 6

Turn-by-turn looks incredible, but it won't be coming to your iPhone 3GS.

Although iOS 6 looks a lot like iOS 5 at a glance, it represents a huge change to some of Apple’s core iOS features. Apps and services like Maps, Mail, Phone, Notification Center and more have all received new features worth talking about, while several new ones have been introduced.

The great thing about it is, is supports a whole host of devices, including every iPhone from the iPhone 3GS onwards. Some devices won’t get access to all features, however. Only the iPhone 4S and the first- and second-generation iPads will enjoy turn-by-turn navigation and 3D maps.

Pocket-lint has pointed out the small print at the bottom of Apple’s website on its new iOS 6 page, which reads:

“Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.”

Those installing iOS 6 on an older iPhone or iPod touch, then, won’t gain access to these features, unfortunately.

It gets worse for iPhone 3GS users, too, who also won’t have access to the new VIP and flagged smart mailboxes in Mail, FaceTime (obviously), offline reading and, of course, Siri.

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  • Sean Smith

    Planned obsolescence. Apple does it best.

  • Fiercehairdo

    This Maps update is actually a downgrade. I’m on an iPhone 4. So it seems upgrading to iOS6 means a much inferior maps experience – main loss -Street View. And no access to new features – Flyover and Turn-by-Turn. This will be a downgrade from the maps app perspective. Rubbish.

  • gwhizkids

    You need to correct your statement:

    Only the iPhone 4S and the first- and second-generation iPads will enjoy turn-by-turn navigation and 3D maps.”

    The first generation iPad is not getting iOS 6.
  • Shane Bryson

    Need to proof read this.

  • LegacyRyan

    the article also implies that the iPhone 4 is getting Siri since you only specify that the 3GS is not…I’m fairly certain the 4 is not getting Siri nor is the iPad 2.

  • Shane Bryson

    the article also implies that the iPhone 4 is getting Siri since you only specify that the 3GS is not…I’m fairly certain the 4 is not getting Siri nor is the iPad 2.

    The article implies nothing of the sort.

  • James N Kristal Padilla

    Those of us with an iPhone 4 are forgetting that not being included in iOS 6 turn by turn…is a feature. 

  • joewaylo

    @Killian_Bell Typo there.

    “Only the iPhone 4S and the first- and second-generation iPads will enjoy turn-by-turn navigation and 3D maps

    “Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.”

    Correct me if I’m wrong but iPad 2 or later would be iPad 2nd and 3rd gen. Not iPad 1st and 2nd gen.

  • joewaylo

    the article also implies that the iPhone 4 is getting Siri since you only specify that the 3GS is not…I’m fairly certain the 4 is not getting Siri nor is the iPad 2.

    The article implies nothing of the sort.

    They aren’t going to receive it. If you watch the Apple Keynote, they stated Siri will be part of the 4S and the New iPad and newer devices.

    Apple explained in a session Siri can’t be used on the older generations due to the processing power.

  • NapMan

    This is quite disappointing.  I still have an iPhone 4, holding out for the next iPhone.  Unfortunately I don’t know when that will be.
    I was excited for my family members, like my Mom, who recently got a iPhone 4.  She was wanting a GPS app and I thought this would take care of it, but I guess not.

  • mconnor379

    I’m running the iOS 6 beta on my iPhone 4 and turn-by-turn is there.

  • Cameron Barnes

    I’m running the iOS 6 beta on my iPhone 4 and turn-by-turn is there.

    How are you doing this? 

  • Luis Garza

    Planned obsolescence. Apple does it best.

    At least it’s gradual…on the android world, your phone just never gets updates and that’s that…and in the winphone world, they warn you in advance “these phones will never run winphone8, so don’t even dream about it”. Planned obsolescence is great if it’s actually planned :)

  • siddharthbandhu

    Why are they upgrading the 3GS is half of the features wont be available?

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