iPhone 3GS not iPad 1 getting iOS 6
There’s some interesting news today for those of you following all the developments with Apple’s iOS 6, especially with the WWDC 2012 keynote speech later today where we expect to see it unveiled or at least detailed. Many are waiting for the official news for iOS 6 but it now seems likely that although it will be available for the iPhone 3GS it will not be heading to the iPad 1.
iOS 6 is a hugely hot topic at the moment and in recent days we’ve discussed a roundup of wish list features, a concept video of how it could look and also news of the iOS 6 Golden Master. Hopefully by later today we’ll have much more confirmed about what iOS 6 will offer and when it will become available and we’ll be closely following WWDC events so check back with us for more.
News that iOS 6 may not be available for the original iPad (or iPad 1) came to us from Phone Arena. Apparently a beta version of iOS 6 that recently went online omitted the iPad 1 from the download list, even though the iPhone 3GS that came out around a year before the first iPad, is included on the list. This seems a little odd and does signify that the hardware requirements for the software are not the reason that iOS 6 is not coming to the iPad 1, since the hardware for the tablet is superior to that of the phone.
Instead it is speculated that the reason behind this is to do with market availability as the iPad 1 has been discontinued while the iPhone 3GS is still available. We shouldn’t forget though that a huge amount of people are still quite happily using the first iPad and so this news is bound to disappoint many. As well as this iPodnn reports that along with the iPad 1 the beta iOS 6 download links are also not available for the iPod touch apart from the current fourth-generation model. Although they note a later beta of iOS 6 may support these omitted devices, it does not appear very likely that this will happen.
Hopefully at the WWDC 2012 keynote today we’ll be hearing more on iOS 6 so do check out some of our WWDC articles where you’ll find details of world times, live blogs and our coverage. We feel that many people may well feel let down If iOS 6 turns up without support for the iPad 1 but we’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Are you an original iPad owner hoping for iOS 6? Let us know what you think of this news with your comments.