Will iOS 6 dump support for first generation iPad?

As Apple gets ready for its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Fransisco on Monday, it seems assured that the company will reveal the first features of iOS 6, the next version of its mobile operating system. Banners showing the new iOS 6 logo are going up inside and outside San Francisco's Moscone Center in preparation for the WWDC event.

Now there's word that a list of which devices iOS 6 will officially support has been leaked at the Weiphone.com website. This list includes Apple's download links for iOS 6 which at the moment don't appear to be active. If this list is accurate, it shows that the iPad 2 and the third generation iPad will support iOS 6. However, the first generation iPad, launched in 2010, is not listed. This might mean that Apple's first tablet device will only work on iOS 5 from now on.

The list also shows iOS 6 working on the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S models, along with the Apple TV set-top box and the current fourth generation version of the iPod Touch. Again, if this list is accurate, the third generation iPod Touch won't be able to be updated beyond iOS 5.

Via: MacRumors
Source: Weiphone.com

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Yea probably they are looking for the sheeple to buy new junk from them , Wow now they have the retina display so the last one a few months ago is obsolete ...

I don't see how this is news. It's well known how their upgrade cycles work. iPhone 3G was on 2.0, 3.0 and 4.0. The 3GS was on 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0. The 4 started at 4, then 5 and it will get 6. The original iPad came with 3, was moved to 4 and was upgraded to 5.

There is no story here. Everything that Apple does in terms of support is pretty transparent. We all know that sometime around fall, every year, there's a new iPhone. We also know that it and it's new software are generally announced around Summertime.

Every year you guys argue about this like Apple is the worst company in the world when in all reality, they're the only ones who have a predictable and reliable support system for their devices.

Wow look at all the apple haters/android fanbois. I hate this kind of attitude form you all and you should be disgusted. What makes you all think you are entitled to have a device get updates forever? The iPad1 only has 256 MB of ram, it was a first gen device and is almost 2.5 years old. I get why its time to start retiring it from newer iOS updates. Would I like my iPad1 to have 6? sure but I understand why it might not be able to run it just like my PC from 1999 cant run Windows 7. Hardware in ALL tablets has jump so far in such a little time. I have owned 5 android devices over the same time period and only ONE has gotten an OS upgrade and it was almost 9 months after ICS came out. You droid fanboys make me sick, really. You bitch that Apple ONLY supports their products for 2-3 years then cuts them off. What about your ****ty phones/OEMS that dont even let you have 1 update for the life of the product??

I'm not arguing with you, but I do want to point out for the record that my PC from 2001 can run Windows 7 (slowly).

The older ipads are still being supported, just not getting access to the latest features that will take advantage of the newer hardware.

The title of this article and the comments are confusing the matter, Apple is not dropping support for the iPad first gen, they are simply not adding any new features to it, iOS5 will still be supported.

So iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3G have the same hardware, iPod Touch 3G even configurated to a higher CPU Mhz than 3GS but only 3GS getting iOS6?

Don't think of this as in a drop of support, think of it as an addition. The ipad1 isn't losing anything at all. So why is everyone crying like it is? This is an addition, not a minus. Some of the iCry crowd make no sense whatsoever.

rippleman said,
Don't think of this as in a drop of support, think of it as an addition. The ipad1 isn't losing anything at all. So why is everyone crying like it is? This is an addition, not a minus. Some of the iCry crowd make no sense whatsoever.

The loss for me was that I was hoping there would be some optimisations that would render my iPad usable again. As i've mentioned elsewhere (ad nauseam!!) after iOS5 my iPad crashes at least once every time I use it, and the upgrade brought few noticeable improvements. (I've tried reinstalling and all my friends on first gen iPads are having the same issues)
If I can downgrade (upgrade?) to iOS4 then i'll be a happy bunny

Apple typically only supports current + 1 version behind.
Apple uses this to force people (to stay current) to keep buying new stuff.

Sometimes it's because the new stuff really can't run on older product, or it's dropped despite being able to support new version.

It's expensive to follow apple, and they know some people will do this.

Abhinav Kumar said,
iPhone 3GS is getting iOS 6? Wasn't expecting this at all.

Ditto. This is definitely a pleasant surprise. iOS 6 will definitely be the last one for the 3GS; I don't see them supporting it in iOS 7, but by then, I'll have probably inherited my parents' 4S, like I inherited their 3GS nearly a year ago.

The iPad 1 was fine when it was new... I realize that 2 years is a fairly short period, but in all honesty the iPad 1 was terribly underpowered. It didn't take long for it to start feeling old, but I think Apple's learned from that and I expect that the newer devices will hold out a bit longer. The new iPad is a lot more powerful now than the iPad 1 was when it came out, speaking relatively, not in terms of actual specs. I'm not sure if Apple realized how intensely people were going to use the iPad.

My iPad 1 crashes quite a bit on iOS 5.1.1. It might not be that it can't run the OS, but newer apps take up more RAM and the iPad just can't handle it. So I can totally understand why it wouldn't get the iOS 6 upgrade. What ****s me though is that I can't downgrade, say, back to iOS 4 which was a bit more stable. In any case, I'm not upgrading until this thing dies - they are not cheap devices to upgrade for upgrade's sake.

Steeley said,
My iPad 1 crashes quite a bit on iOS 5.1.1. It might not be that it can't run the OS, but newer apps take up more RAM and the iPad just can't handle it. So I can totally understand why it wouldn't get the iOS 6 upgrade. What ****s me though is that I can't downgrade, say, back to iOS 4 which was a bit more stable. In any case, I'm not upgrading until this thing dies - they are not cheap devices to upgrade for upgrade's sake.

I just wrote out a long reply basically agreeing with everything you said - but then my iPad 1 crashed and took everything with it.

Won't be buying Apple again

Rewritten on my WP7 that never crashes

Steeley said,
My iPad 1 crashes quite a bit on iOS 5.1.1. It might not be that it can't run the OS, but newer apps take up more RAM and the iPad just can't handle it. So I can totally understand why it wouldn't get the iOS 6 upgrade. What ****s me though is that I can't downgrade, say, back to iOS 4 which was a bit more stable. In any case, I'm not upgrading until this thing dies - they are not cheap devices to upgrade for upgrade's sake.
Funny. Zero problems here with my iPad 1. Granted things like Infinity Blade II run like complete **** and do crash but I expected that. Everything else I have runs fine. Slow, but no crashing.

While I expected iOS to nix my gen 1 iPad sooner or later I just hope the apps I use don't follow for a little while longer. I mean things like Feeddler, GoodReader, Netflix, and a few others work perfectly fine on the device. Not to mention my iPad has more storage than my iPhone 4, although that will probably change with the iPhone 5.

The absolute biggest thing I always worry about when hardware is dropped are security updates.

Brandon said,
So the 3GS does, but the faster iPad doesn't?

Makes no sense to me

The 3gs is still on sale.

The main reason the iPad 1 is probably not getting it is due to the small amount of RAM the device has (256mb). That may be passable on the small, low res screen of the 3gs, but not the 1024x768 screen on the iPad 1.

It sucks, but 2 years of support for a tablet isn't really all that bad. Android tablets get dumped by the OEM 30 seconds after launch in favour of new hardware.

DrCheese said,

It sucks, but 2 years of support for a tablet isn't really all that bad. Android tablets get dumped by the OEM 30 seconds after launch in favour of new hardware.

Android tablets get dumped because they're made by cell phone manufacturers or are tied to carriers. And we all know how much the cell phone industry sucks when it comes to quality and customer service. I wish a reputable company would produce an Android tablet without handing the reigns over to AT&T et al. Apple did well in that sense. My phone still doesn't have Android 2.3 because AT&T straight up refuses to release the patch the OEM provided.

hehe .. what's now fanboys ?

I remember read here several times: "iOS plataform will never had fragmentation" eh ?? hahahaha

poor crApple, cant survive without DA MAN.

RIP steve !

that´s stupid my iPad 1 have the same A4 than my iPod touch 4G, so they are not dropping support for technical reasons ...

Draken said,
that´s stupid my iPad 1 have the same A4 than my iPod touch 4G, so they are not dropping support for technical reasons ...
What the hell is a "iPod touch 4G"?

This is what Apple does. It keeps their ecosystem and products easy to manage and I appreciate it. Apple will manage their products how they want. Dont like it dont buy it. The only people who care read internet tech web sites. Mom and dad dont care they dont even know what an iOS upgrade is but hey, they sure do love their iPads.

derekaw said,
This is what Apple does. It keeps their ecosystem and products easy to manage and I appreciate it. Apple will manage their products how they want. Dont like it dont buy it. The only people who care read internet tech web sites. Mom and dad dont care they dont even know what an iOS upgrade is but hey, they sure do love their iPads.
Thank you for this post. You've made my point quite nicely.

And if they did release it and it ran slowly because it's 2.5 year old hardware with memory, CPU, and GPU limitations, people would complain just as loudly.

Where are all the Apple haters now? You know, the ones that are in the WP8 upgrade threads saying that MS not fully upgrading WP7 hardware is unacceptable?

ahinson said,
Where are all the Apple haters now? You know, the ones that are in the WP8 upgrade threads saying that MS not fully upgrading WP7 hardware is unacceptable?

this

ahinson said,
Where are all the Apple haters now? You know, the ones that are in the WP8 upgrade threads saying that MS not fully upgrading WP7 hardware is unacceptable?

Did you read what you wrote? Only gettting 2 years support on a $400-900 product is ridiculous on any planet. If you buy a PC and MS only supported the OS for 2 yrs, you would be ****ed-off.

Gen 1 Windows Phones have terrible specs to begin with, so by comparing the two -- the first ipad and the first WP -- tell me which one losing support makes more sense?

gullygod said,

Did you read what you wrote? Only gettting 2 years support on a $400-900 product is ridiculous on any planet. If you buy a PC and MS only supported the OS for 2 yrs, you would be ****ed-off.

Gen 1 Windows Phones have terrible specs to begin with, so by comparing the two -- the first ipad and the first WP -- tell me which one losing support makes more sense?

You're throwing out numbers, as if the point I was trying to make had anything to do with the cost of the item. It didn't. My point was that the Apple sheeple hang around the WP threads, pointing out how awful it is that MS may not upgrade the current WP7 hardware to WP8. Meanwhile, their beloved Apple is now doing the exact thing for which they've been denigrating MS.

In the end, Apple can do no wrong in their eyes so its no big deal.

ahinson said,
You're throwing out numbers, as if the point I was trying to make had anything to do with the cost of the item. It didn't. My point was that the Apple sheeple hang around the WP threads, pointing out how awful it is that MS may not upgrade the current WP7 hardware to WP8. Meanwhile, their beloved Apple is now doing the exact thing for which they've been denigrating MS.

In the end, Apple can do no wrong in their eyes so its no big deal.

Frankly, when it comes to *anyone*, whether it's Google, MS, or Apple, I'd rather that they let an older device go unupdated before they compromise the experience on it, or dumb down the update for newer devices. Even if I'm the person with the older device. Sure, it'd be nice if they could create a special update with fewer features for older devices, but I'll take a good update over a bad one, any day. iOS 5 is a dog on the original iPad.

THolman said,

Frankly, when it comes to *anyone*, whether it's Google, MS, or Apple, I'd rather that they let an older device go unupdated before they compromise the experience on it, or dumb down the update for newer devices. Even if I'm the person with the older device. Sure, it'd be nice if they could create a special update with fewer features for older devices, but I'll take a good update over a bad one, any day. iOS 5 is a dog on the original iPad.

Again, not the point I was making, but I do however agree. Apple is making a smart choice, but how can it be smart for Apple but unacceptable for MS?

I don't personally own a WP or Apple product. I just thought the irony of it all was incredible.

ahinson said,
My point was that the Apple sheeple hang around the WP threads, pointing out how awful it is that MS may not upgrade the current WP7 hardware to WP8.

The original iPad has been out for over 2 years and received updates for that duration. It has seen 2 major updates.

This is different to the rumoured Microsoft (un)upgradeability plan. Some WP7 devices will be less than a year old when WP8 is released and won't have seen 2 major OS upgrades.

Of course, in any case, the devices will still continue to work fine. But support for 2+ years with 2 major upgrades is better than <1 year of support with 1 major upgrade (Mango), no?

Manish said,

The original iPad has been out for over 2 years and received updates for that duration. It has seen 2 major updates.

This is different to the rumoured Microsoft (un)upgradeability plan. Some WP7 devices will be less than a year old when WP8 is released and won't have seen 2 major OS upgrades.

Of course, in any case, the devices will still continue to work fine. But support for 2+ years with 2 major upgrades is better than <1 year of support with 1 major upgrade (Mango), no?

And you do know that this fall, when WP8 is expected to ship, WP7 will have been on the market for 2 years, don't you? And over those 2 years, there has been two major upgrades and a minor one - Nodo, Mango, Tango, as well as minor patches for problems.

Spin it how ever you want, but the iPad 1 and WP7 are in the same boat, but we need to criticize one for possibly dropping support (we don't even know yet), and praise the other for possibly dropping support (we don't even know yet).

ahinson said,
Where are all the Apple haters now? You know, the ones that are in the WP8 upgrade threads saying that MS not fully upgrading WP7 hardware is unacceptable?

To be fair, iPad 1 users DID get iOS 5 (iPad 1 shipped with iOS 4.2). So they have already had a major upgrade (and iOS 5 was huge indeed), and it's not quite as bad as if a WP7 user wouldn't get WP8.

Having said this, Apple is known for even better OS support, and I have no idea why they'd do this, if it's true. It's not to make hardware obsolete early, because the 3GS (!) seems to be supported. It's not because it's too slow, again because the 3GS is supported. It's not because Apple aren't happy with iPad sales and try dirty tricks to make them sell more quickly. They have no marketshare problem with the iPad. I would guess there's something in the iPad support in the new iOS that requires hardware not in the iPad 1. This is something Apple is known to be pretty ruthless about. It could also be something as simple as Apple not marketing it anymore, unlike the 3GS.

nohone said,

And you do know that this fall, when WP8 is expected to ship, WP7 will have been on the market for 2 years, don't you?

It may have been but my Nokia 710 only came out a few months ago and the Nokia 900 a few weeks ago. Going on your logic iOS came out 5 years ago so the iPad has had 5 years of updates - see how dumb that is

nohone said,

And you do know that this fall, when WP8 is expected to ship, WP7 will have been on the market for 2 years, don't you? And over those 2 years, there has been two major upgrades and a minor one - Nodo, Mango, Tango, as well as minor patches for problems.

Spin it how ever you want, but the iPad 1 and WP7 are in the same boat, but we need to criticize one for possibly dropping support (we don't even know yet), and praise the other for possibly dropping support (we don't even know yet).


You're the one who is "spinning" it. It's irrelevant how long WP7 itself has been out. If less-than-a-year-old WP7 devices do not get upgraded, then it is, in fact, a different situation to the original iPad. These latter devices would not have been released with the initial version of WP7 either; they would've come with Mango/Tango already on. So that's less than 2 major updates if support for them is dropped.

No-one's praising Apple for not allowing the first generation iPad to be upgraded to iOS 6 (supposedly). Based on the normal iOS support cycles for devices, I would expect the original iPad to not receive iOS 6. I would not, however, expect Microsoft to leave second generation WP devices behind. This is, of course, assuming that the rumours are correct.

Manish said,

No-one's praising Apple for not allowing the first generation iPad to be upgraded to iOS 6 (supposedly).

From a comment below:

This is what Apple does. It keeps their ecosystem and products easy to manage and I appreciate it.

Sounds like praise to me.

It's just another reason to tempt people into purchasing an iPad two when they already have the original.

Most of the time these sort of stories have little to do with support and compatibility, it's really just a money game, especially when we're talking about a company like Apple.

So far those 2,5 years worth of updates you get from Apple are more than you can expect from most Android devices. In comparison the Samsung Galaxy Tab, released September 2010, didn't even make it to Android 3.0 officially.

.Neo said,
So far those 2,5 years worth of updates you get from Apple are more than you can expect from most Android devices. In comparison the Samsung Galaxy Tab, released September 2010, didn't even make it to Android 3.0 officially.

Yeah, every company acts in this way.

When I said a company like Apple, I meant any major corporation really.

.Neo said,
So far those 2,5 years worth of updates you get from Apple are more than you can expect from most Android devices. In comparison the Samsung Galaxy Tab, released September 2010, didn't even make it to Android 3.0 officially.

Apart from many Android devices cost half the price of the iPad... you do somewhat get what you pay for.

Mystiia said,

Yeah, every company acts in this way.

When I said a company like Apple, I meant any major corporation really.

that's also the reason why I will never buy enything else from samsung except from a Google Nexus Device

lt8480 said,

Apart from many Android devices cost half the price of the iPad... you do somewhat get what you pay for.


Let's not pretend many high-end models receive more than a single major update.

notta said,
No way. You mean all you get out of the product is 2 years? That's bull if this happens.

Yes, Apple are releasing an OS upgrade which of course makes the iPad 1 become uncool and therefore worthless in a teenagers eyes.

imachip said,

Yes, Apple are releasing an OS upgrade which of course makes the iPad 1 become uncool and therefore worthless in a teenagers eyes.

Dont forget those that didnt mature and became hipsters in their 20's.

notta said,
No way. You mean all you get out of the product is 2 years? That's bull if this happens.

That is not how it works. When Vista was released, 3rd party device drivers for 10 year old hardware was not ready but were made available a month or two later. And we know how much "anger" was generated from that.

But drop support for a 2 year old device, and it will get a pass because people should not be held back with "old" tech. Apple dropped support of a bunch of printers a few versions of OSX ago, printers that were only a few years old, and it was OK because people need to upgrade to the latest tech. What major advancements have been made in printing technology to warrant dropping support? Since the conversion from dot matrix to ink jet and laser, none.

Imagine if Windows increased the required hardware specs by 2 or more times to run the latest version, we would hear of riots on web sites like this. Microsoft discontinued free software, people were outraged and they eventually had to announce that they would release the desktop development tools, even though the older version would still work just fine. But obsolete a computer just after two years, that is fine, just buy a new one so you can get an incremental update in the OS (going by previous version upgrades).

notta said,
No way. You mean all you get out of the product is 2 years? That's bull if this happens.

and yet, for some reason no one seems to care when Android tablets get dumped 30 seconds after release.

DrCheese said,

and yet, for some reason no one seems to care when Android tablets get dumped 30 seconds after release.

Well that is the sole reason that I would never buy an Android. They lose support the second they're released. Apple has been great at supporting older products and that's a big reason why I went the Apple path. This might change things if this article is true.

DrCheese said,

and yet, for some reason no one seems to care when Android tablets get dumped 30 seconds after release.

you don't seem to realise that carrier are the problem not Android...
that's also why I only buy Google Experience Device

no locked bootloader and source to every part of the device (well except CDMA of course...)

nohone said,

That is not how it works.


You don't understand how it works. Tablets and smartphones have a different OS support cycle to desktops. Anyone who thought the original iPad would receive updates for as long as Windows XP did is an idiot. Moreover the original iPad isn't going to stop working with the advent of iOS 6.

It seems as if the people most upset by this news don't even have the first generation iPad. Strange that.

Manish said,

You don't understand how it works. Tablets and smartphones have a different OS support cycle to desktops. Anyone who thought the original iPad would receive updates for as long as Windows XP did is an idiot. Moreover the original iPad isn't going to stop working with the advent of iOS 6.

It seems as if the people most upset by this news don't even have the first generation iPad. Strange that.

I have a first gen iPad - I was going to type this reply on it until I ran into that wonderful bug with the Safari/Neowin commenting system where if the comment you are replying is longer than the text box you type into, then you cannot place the caret in the window.

Why shouldn't we demand updates as long as WinXP? Why is it that a device is made obsolete after a couple years because a manufacturer does not want to support it? For years all we heard was how bloated that Microsoft software was, and that Apple engineers could do more with less. But now that has changed. Rather than taking the time to optimize the code and make it run on older devices, Apple just churns out a new iOS version every year and screws over the user.

And as for tablets/smartphones needing a new support cycle, I will remember that the next time that there is another "WP7 devices will not support WP8" rumor. It is not a big deal, because Manish says that we should not expect a device to last more than a couple years.

NesTle said,

you don't seem to realise that carrier are the problem not Android...

It doesn't make any difference if it's Android's fault or the carrier, the fact is that support is terrible.

nohone said,

I have a first gen iPad - I was going to type this reply on it until I ran into that wonderful bug with the Safari/Neowin commenting system where if the comment you are replying is longer than the text box you type into, then you cannot place the caret in the window.

Why shouldn't we demand updates as long as WinXP? Why is it that a device is made obsolete after a couple years because a manufacturer does not want to support it? For years all we heard was how bloated that Microsoft software was, and that Apple engineers could do more with less. But now that has changed. Rather than taking the time to optimize the code and make it run on older devices, Apple just churns out a new iOS version every year and screws over the user.

And as for tablets/smartphones needing a new support cycle, I will remember that the next time that there is another "WP7 devices will not support WP8" rumor. It is not a big deal, because Manish says that we should not expect a device to last more than a couple years.

HOLY **** MY IPAD WILL STOP WORKING TOMORROW !!!!!!!

No oddly enough my iPad 1 will still do all the things it did the day before and will continue long into the future just like my TV, car, computer and kettle.

Depicus said,

HOLY **** MY IPAD WILL STOP WORKING TOMORROW !!!!!!!

No oddly enough my iPad 1 will still do all the things it did the day before and will continue long into the future just like my TV, car, computer and kettle.

Funnily enough, after I updated to iOS5*.* my iPad 1 has stopped working. Instead of being rock steady, it now crashes constantly and is slower in everyday use (loading apps, typing into boxes on webpages etc)
At least with the likes of Windows-style OS's you could roll back the drivers or use a previous version of the software and have an out-of-the-box experience, even if it isn't the latest thing. Sadly, unless they release an optimised iOS, my iPad is now likely to never be as good as the first few months after I bought it.

nohone said,

That is not how it works. When Vista was released, 3rd party device drivers for 10 year old hardware was not ready but were made

You got to be kidding right. I had a brand new nVidia card and a not too old crative sound card. If my memory is good i think it took 1 month for nVidia to have proper drivers. Took ages for creative i even gave up on the card which is now a paper weight.

Pygmy_Hippo said,

Funnily enough, after I updated to iOS5*.* my iPad 1 has stopped working. Instead of being rock steady, it now crashes constantly and is slower in everyday use (loading apps, typing into boxes on webpages etc)
At least with the likes of Windows-style OS's you could roll back the drivers or use a previous version of the software and have an out-of-the-box experience, even if it isn't the latest thing. Sadly, unless they release an optimised iOS, my iPad is now likely to never be as good as the first few months after I bought it.

And it's your fault for not taking it into the Apple Store to get some help. They probably won't give you a brand new one, but they will definitely give you some advice on what to do. Stop complaining and go do something about it.

nohone said,

Why shouldn't we demand updates as long as WinXP? Why is it that a device is made obsolete after a couple years because a manufacturer does not want to support it? For years all we heard was how bloated that Microsoft software was, and that Apple engineers could do more with less. But now that has changed. Rather than taking the time to optimize the code and make it run on older devices, Apple just churns out a new iOS version every year and screws over the user.

You're acting as if the original iPad will suddenly stop working. I agree that Apple should consider releasing fixes for major exploits even if the product is outside the 2 year support cycle. They do not, however, need to keep ensuring that >2 year old devices receive new features continually. Relative to desktop PCs, mobile devices are replaced far more often and are practically impossible to upgrade in terms of internal hardware. For these reasons, the OS support cycles cannot be expected to be the same between the differing products. If you don't understand that, you're just not going to get it. Keep demanding 10 years worth of updates, you won't get them.

And as for tablets/smartphones needing a new support cycle, I will remember that the next time that there is another "WP7 devices will not support WP8" rumor. It is not a big deal, because Manish says that we should not expect a device to last more than a couple years.

I've already discussed below how this is slightly different to WP7 devices (supposedly) not receiving WP8. But yeah, you'd do well to remember the last sentence.

notta said,
No way. You mean all you get out of the product is 2 years? That's bull if this happens.

Hey it happened to first gen ipod touch too... this is normal for Apple, enjoy.