iOS 6 Beta 3 Brings Shared Photo Streams, VIP Mail To iPhone 3GS

iOS 6 Beta 3 Brings Shared Photo Streams, VIP Mail To iPhone 3GS

If you’ve got iOS 6 on your iPhone 3GS, you should now see this in your Photo Stream settings.

When Apple unveiled iOS 6 and released the first beta at WWDC back in June, it quickly became apparent that a number of new features wouldn’t be supported on older devices like the iPhone 3GS, and Apple mentioned these restrictions in the fine print of its iOS 6 preview page.

In the iOS 6 beta 3 release, however, shared Photo Streams and VIP mail — two of the features that are unsupported on older devices — are now supported on the iPhone 3GS.

MacRumors reports that there were previously eight restrictions on features in iOS 6, but since beta 3 was launched yesterday, that number has been reduced to six. The items that Apple has now removed included:

  • Shared Photo Streams requires iOS 6 on iPhone 4 or later or iPad 2 or later, or a Mac computer with OS X Mountain Lion. An up-to-date browser is required for accessing shared photo streams on the web.
  • VIP list and VIP and Flagged smart mailboxes will be available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.

In addition to this change, iPhone 3GS users with access to the latest iOS 6 beta are confirming that they can now access both of these features on their device.

This is a great move by Apple, and it’s very promising to iPhone 3GS owners. With the Cupertino company still selling the three-year-old handset, it clearly feels obliged to making iOS 6 work as well as possible on the device, without restricting access to too many features.

Sure, there are still a number of features that won’t run on the iPhone 3GS, but this is a great testament to Apple’s service to its customers. Would its rivals be working so hard to support three-year-old devices? Nokia’s Lumia 900, which was released just this April, won’t even support Windows Phone 8 when it makes its debut later this year.

  • SteveLV702

    woohoo now only if I had a iPhone 3GS but I have a iPhone 4S and have had Shared Photo Stream and VIP Mail for a while now.

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    People’s lives and careers have been ruined by sending the wrong photo to the wrong person.
    Now comes Photo Stream Sharing to remove any editorial control from the equation.
    There will be rending of garments and gnashing of teeth.

    No thanks. I’ll keep my Photo Stream turned off.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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