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iOS 6 Maps Turn-by-Turn Navigation Will Require iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or Later

iOS 6 Maps Turn-by-Turn Navigation Will Require iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or Later

iPhone 4 users are in for a disappointment this fall when they upgrade their devices to iOS 6. They won’t be able to use the turn-by-turn directions, or Flyover in the new Maps application. Those features will be limited to the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and third-generation iPad.


Both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS lack the ability to offer turn-by-turn navigation or the new Flyover feature in iOS 6 Maps, despite the fact that both devices will be compatible with iOS 6 when it launches this fall.

This information comes from Apple’s official preview page for Maps in iOS 6. A footnote on the page says the “Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.” Also noted is that “some features may not be available in all countries or all areas.”

Siri functionality with Apple’s new Maps app will also be limited to devices that offer the personal assistant software. Currently that is only the iPhone 4S, however the third-generation iPad will gain that ability with the fall launch of iOS 6.

The turn-by-turn feature of the new native Maps application in iOS 6 includes spoken directions, a 3D view, and real-time traffic information. The new app was built from the ground up by Apple, and no longer uses Google Maps.

The new Flyover feature, which uses advanced 3D mapping data, will also be limited to the newer hardware. In addition, it will only be available in cities where 3D models have been created to offer detailed renderings in real time.

  1. Kumamom says:

    Sucks.  Hate that they are leaving LOTS of iPhone4 users in the dust.  Why?

    1. DanielSw says:

      Does NOT suck.

      You really need an explanation? New, more sophisticated, features require new, more powerful hardware. Simple.

      You want the features, you pay the price.

      1. Shandooga says:

        That’s a fine theory but the iPhone 4S isn’t *that* far ahead of the iPhone 4.

        1. sobo says:

          DOES suck. The iPhone 4 is perfectly capable of all of that. 
          This is no different than Siri working perfectly fine on Jailbroken 3GS and 4 devices. Siri was a standalone app for the 3GS before Apple bought them and shutdown the servers. Fact is Apple is playing games to sell more devices. Thank goodness for the efforts of Jailbreak teams to unlock these “incompatible” features.

          1. Maine0801 says:

             I think the dual core processor in the 4s is the true difference on the hardware which maybe taxing the single core on the 4. In other words those features in maps probably runs on the 4 but it probably doesn’t run as fluid as Apple wants. Or its Apples was of getting the 4 owners to upgrade to the 5.

  2. celia says:

    What about iPod Touch 4gen? 

  3. Shandooga says:

    Deeply disappointing.  >_<

  4. Josh. says:

    Guessing the article is worded wrong, how can a iPad have turn by turn with no GPS?
    Guess they just mean the flyover feature.

    1. The iPad 2 + 3G has a GPS.

      1. Josh. says:

        Ahh, amazed I didn’t realise this, makes an iPad even more tempting, though might not be the most convenient device for navigation.. 😉

  5. Reasonable. These features require more CPU power. iPhone 4 and iPad 1st gen do not have that kind CPU power. Time to upgrade,

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