iOS 6 Maps turn-by-turn requires iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or later

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in iPhone edited January 2014
When Apple launches iOS 6 this fall, iPhone 4 users won't be able to use turn-by-turn directions or Flyover in the new Maps application, as that functionality is 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.

The details come from Apple's official page previewing Maps in iOS 6, which reveals in a footnote that "Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later." It also notes that "some features may not be available in all countries or all areas."

Of course, Siri functionality with Apple's new Maps application is also limited to devices that offer Apple's voice-driven personal assistant software. Currently, only the iPhone 4S has Siri, though the third-generation iPad will also gain that functionality this fall with the launch of iOS 6.

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

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"As you approach a turn, Maps speaks directions, so you can keep your eyes on the road," Apple's official description reads. "In addition, the screen turns into a 3D perspective view of the road ahead. Large signs and arrows superimposed over the image show you which way to go and how long it's going to take to get there —?even if your screen is locked."

Only newer hardware will have access to the new Flyover feature as well, which utilizes advanced 3D mapping data. In addition, Flyover will only be available in cities where 3D models have been created, offering detailed recreations rendered in real time.

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"See major metro areas from the air with photo-realistic, interactive 3D views," Apple's description reads. "Explore cities in high resolution as you zoom, pan, tilt, and rotate around the city and its landmarks."
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 178


    Wow really!?  <sarcasm> Well it must be because there just isn't enough power in an iPhone 4 CPU to handle turn by turn GPS as demonstrated by the lack of turn-by-turn GPS apps in the app store!

  • Reply 2 of 178


    iPhone 4s and new iPad will both have Siri and advanced mapping features like Flyover and turn-by-turn directions. iPad 2 will NOT have Siri, but will have the other things.


     


    So does that mean that there will be Siri lite for iPad 2?  Or no voice guidance?  Hmmm.

  • Reply 3 of 178
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,133member


    So, the iPad 2 will have full map functionality whilst the iPhone 4 that runs the same CPU is out, with the iPhone 3GS you could understand as it's getting pretty long in the tooth but this obviously has nothing to do with hardware and everything to do with milking customers dry.

  • Reply 4 of 178
    iaeeniaeen Posts: 588member
    So, does anyone know if we will be loosing the route functions that we currently have with google maps?
  • Reply 5 of 178
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,304member
    iPhone 4s and new iPad will both have Siri and advanced mapping features like Flyover and turn-by-turn directions. iPad 2 will NOT have Siri, but will have the other things.

    So does that mean that there will be Siri lite for iPad 2?  Or no voice guidance?  Hmmm.

    My question too!

    Also I don't see why an iPhone 4 couldn't handle fly over although I understand not having the Siri features (I think ...). I was going to buy an iPad 3 just for Dictation but as I understand it iPad 2 will gain Dictation in iOS 6, but I may have that wrong ... so much to take in!
  • Reply 6 of 178
    iaeen wrote: »
    So, does anyone know if we will be loosing the route functions that we currently have with google maps?

    No, this will still be available.
  • Reply 7 of 178
    My question too!
    Also I don't see why an iPhone 4 couldn't handle fly over although I understand not having the Siri features (I think ...). I was going to buy an iPad 3 just for Dictation but as I understand it iPad 2 will gain Dictation in iOS 6, but I may have that wrong ... so much to take in!

    Nothing mentioned about dictation on the iPad 2. Not as far as I've heard.
  • Reply 8 of 178

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by saarek View Post


    So, the iPad 2 will have full map functionality whilst the iPhone 4 that runs the same CPU is out, with the iPhone 3GS you could understand as it's getting pretty long in the tooth but this obviously has nothing to do with hardware and everything to do with milking customers dry.





    the iPad 2 has a dual core A5 chip. the iPhone 4 has a single core A4.

  • Reply 9 of 178
    captain jcaptain j Posts: 313member


    This just seems like more Apple crap designed to force users to upgrade, They remove Google Maps and replace it with their own partially functional replacement. What a load of crap. Evidence by Siri working on jailbroken iPhone 4.


     


    Apple's products may be lightyears ahead of where they were 15 years ago, but their customer service/treatment is lightyears behind. And this is from someone who has been using Apple products for over 27 years.

  • Reply 10 of 178
    captain j wrote: »
    This just seems like more Apple crap designed to force users to upgrade, They remove Google Maps and replace it with their own partially functional replacement. What a load of crap. Evidence by Siri working on jailbroken iPhone 4.

    Apple's products may be lightyears ahead of where they were 15 years ago, but their customer service/treatment is lightyears behind. And this is from someone who has been using Apple products for over 27 years.

    Considering Apple are KNOWN for their great customer service, this is your OPINION and NOT a fact like you've worded it.
  • Reply 11 of 178
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,304member
    captain j wrote: »
    This just seems like more Apple crap designed to force users to upgrade, They remove Google Maps and replace it with their own partially functional replacement. What a load of crap. Evidence by Siri working on jailbroken iPhone 4.

    Apple's products may be lightyears ahead of where they were 15 years ago, but their customer service/treatment is lightyears behind. And this is from someone who has been using Apple products for over 27 years.

    While I respect your right to have that opinion, as one using Apple products for 34 years I completely disagree with you.
  • Reply 12 of 178
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,304member
    Nothing mentioned about dictation on the iPad 2. Not as far as I've heard.

    Oh ok, must have been wishful thinking . Well at least Mountain Lion will add that to my MBPs so next best thing.
  • Reply 13 of 178


    Surely the solution would have been turn by turn sans Siri for those phones not listed? It doesn't require a lot of horsepower.


     


    I know they are trying to force people onto new hardware but it's the biggest single feature of the update.

  • Reply 14 of 178


    I don't understand why people are complaining... it's not like anyone with an existing iPhone or iPad is going to have *pay* for the iOS6 upgrade, so your right to whinge about not having a feature that's free is severely curtailed.

  • Reply 15 of 178


    In all seriousness, how is this not some type of fragmentation and cause customer confusion? 


     


    Siri works here, turn by turn works there but not here...come on. Apple is slowly moving away from that unified coherent experience that separates them from the rest. Crap phones from the 3 years ago with half the specs can handle turn by turn, so the guise of technical limitations seems ridiculous. This doesn't change my opinion of Apple and I'm sure they expect everyone with a 4 to move the new iPhone starting in the fall so it's not a huge issue, but it's still a low move. 

  • Reply 16 of 178
    kfury77kfury77 Posts: 44member


    The new maps are TERRIBLE. out of date map coverage, worse UI, poor POIs, no building names, no transit information, no building outlines, no public footpaths - everything is worse. Look at this comparison photo - what would you rather use?

    https://twitter.com/corxo/status/212314131590692864/photo/1/large

  • Reply 17 of 178
    kfury77kfury77 Posts: 44member


    The turn by turn navigation features in iOS 6 are exaggerated- it's really not that good. The google-powered maps app in iOS 5 has traffic (which actually works in Europe unlike iOS 6), routing, directions, alternate routes - all iOS 6 maps does is have the turn directions in a road sign box at the top and adds voice guidance. 

  • Reply 18 of 178


    Does anyone know if the new navigation app will use the GPS or data from your carrier?

  • Reply 19 of 178
    gwydiongwydion Posts: 1,068member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vman1964 View Post


    Does anyone know if the new navigation app will use the GPS or data from your carrier?



    It will use GPS AND data from your carrier

  • Reply 19 of 178
    kfury77kfury77 Posts: 44member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vman1964 View Post


    Does anyone know if the new navigation app will use the GPS or data from your carrier?



    it uses both (just as the iOS 5 Google maps app does) 

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