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New iOS6 build omits original iPad, third gen iPod Touch

updated 09:10 pm EDT, Sun June 10, 2012

iPhone 3GS supported despite older hardware

Less than a day before Apple's 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference, new iOS 6 Beta release download links materialized. Links for the new build were provided for a handful of devices, including the iPhone 3GS -- but not the original iPad, nor any iPod Touch models prior to the current (fourth) generation. All of the previously-available download links are now expired, and no longer function.

The iPhone 3GS has an older and slower processor than the third-generation iPod Touch. The main difference between the two products is availability -- the iPhone 3GS is still produced and available for free with a two-year contract from a wireless provider.

The original iPad has a faster still processor than the third-generation iPod touch, with the same amount of application RAM. There doesn't appear to be any hardware-specific reason for the lack of original iPad or iPod touch 3rd generation to be supported, given the specifications of the unit in comparison to the supported iPhone 3GS. It is possible that support for the otherwise-compatible devices may be restored in a later beta, but as neither the original iPad nor the third-gen iPod Touch are still available, the likelihood of this is considered low.

A previous version of the iOS 6 beta reportedly slipped some details of the next generation iPhone's hardware. Monday's WWDC is expected to see the release of new Apple hardware, and perhaps sweeping changes across nearly the entire product line.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not surprised

    3GSs probably accept the upgrade but it won't add any features.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Did we think that Apple would support an end of line product for very long? Just the nature of the beast. Luckily Apple products have a high resale value so it is easy to buy one and then sell in a year just to buy the newest model. Rinse and repeat.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Simple explanation.

    iPhone 3GS launched on June 19, 2009
    iPad launched on April 3, 2010

    Were iPhone to bless the iPhone 3GS with iOS 6 instead of the original iPad--a device launched over ten months *after* the 3GS--I think there is only one way to look at it: They want you to buy a new iPad, period. End of story.

    Unrepentant greed is the religion of Capitalism, it's no less ugly on Apple than it is on its competitors.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yeah, right

    "Unrepentant greed is the religion of Capitalism, it's no less ugly on Apple than it is on its competitors."

    But it is. How many one-year-old Android phones can be upgraded to Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich"?


  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it's not vinyl (oops leather?)

    I really hope they get rid of the fake stitching motif...? From Apple? Really? Ive must have been on holiday the week that got approved.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    On the other hand...

    The current version of iOS is much slower on the original iPad than when the device first came out. That's just the way it is with technology.

  1. Stuke

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Mouth-watering, gotta have it iDevice. I agree...rinse and repeat.

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