Apple Maps was one of the sexier additions announced at Monday’s iOS 6 unveiling. But if you’re an iPhone 4 or 3GS owner you’d be well advised to not get too excited about what’s in store for you.
We already knew that the revamped gourmet-dining, sports-talking Siri was ruled out for the previous two generations of the iPhone. But it has since emerged that the all-new voice controlled assistant isn’t the only thing that won’t be making it to the iPhone 4S's older siblings.
Small print on the tech giant’s website, as noted by the chaps at Pocket-Lint, reveals that although Apple Maps is iPhone 4/3GS-bound, it will be a version of the mapping software without turn-by-turn navigation.
That’s something that we’re sure you’ll agree makes it a whole lot less appealing as a substitute for Google Maps.
And in a double-blow, they’ll be no 3D maps either. The same disclaimer also rules out the so-called '3D Flyover' feature of Apple Maps, once again making the Big G’s now-banished alternative look by far the better option.
Apple’s caveat states: “Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.”
Interestingly and not a little worryingly, it also warns that there is a possibility that some features of Apple Maps will not be available in select countries.
There’s no indication that this means us in Blighty will be affected. But after Siri dropped with the 4S with no support for UK businesses, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that other features of Apple Maps may be missing too.
We won’t find out for sure until September, though, when iOS 6 is set to be pushed out – just ahead of the mooted arrival of the sixth-gen iPhone.