Nine iOS 7 Features That Aren’t Available on All Apple Devices

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Apple released iOS 7 on Wednesday. It's a fabulous update to Apple's mobile operating system, but there are nine new features that aren't available on certain older models that can otherwise run iOS 7.

iOS 7 can be installed on iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, and 5s; iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display (iPad 3 and iPad 4); iPad mini; and iPod touch (5th Generation). Apple listed nine different features that aren't available on all of those devices, and we broke that list down into table format to make it easier to digest.

If a new feature in iOS 7 isn't listed below, it should be available on all iOS 7-compatible devices.

  iPhones iPads iPod touches
  iPhone 4 iPhone 4S and 4s iPhone 5 iPhone 5c iPhone 5s iPad 2 iPad with Retina Display (iPad 3) iPad with Retina Display (iPad 4) iPad mini iPod touch (5th Gen)
Traffic Information in Today View            
Panorama format          
Square and Video Formats  
Swipe to Capture  
Camera Filters*           √ (32GB/64GB)
Video Sharing   √ (32GB/64GB)
(Requires iCloud)
Safari Full Screen View and Tab View          

As noted by Allison Sheridan of NosillaCast in the comments below, filters are available on the iPhone 4 in the Apple's It's the camera filters in iOS 7 in that Apple specified as not being available on the iPhone 4. 

*Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply. New female and male voices will be available initially in U.S. English, French, and German. Returning calls and playing voicemail are available on iPhone 4s or later.

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Looks like iPad2 gets the worst of it. Oh goody, that’s the one I have. :/

Lee Dronick

Same here FlipFriddle. I also wonder just how well iOS 7 will run on my iPhone 4S.

Chris Hendricks

Lee - I will say I’m pleased with how it runs on my 4S - disappointed there’s no AirDrop, but other than that it is good so far.

Lee Dronick

Thank Chris, I will go for it.

Richard Simonis

Panorama wasn’t supported on iPad 3 in iOS 6 and according to Apple’s notes “Panorama format is available on iPhone 4s or later and iPod touch (5th generation).”  No mention of ANY iPad.  It’s mentioned later in the same note refering to “Square and video formats and swipe to capture”.  I’m hoping Panorama is available but I’ve not upgraded yet to see.

Bryan Chaffin

You’re right, Richard Simonis. Panorama is not supported on iPad. I corrected the table accordingly.

Thanks for catching that!

Stephen Swift

“iPhone 4S and 4s” ??

Macworld’s got some other features listed too (mostly related to 5s hardware), but it isn’t as easy to read as this chart.

Bryan Chaffin

When released, the iPhone 4S had a capital “S.” Apple has retroactively dubbed it the iPhone 4s.

Lee Dronick

I upgraded my iPhone 4S to iOS 7 and the combination seems to be running smoothly. I will upgrade it on my iPad 2 later this evening. I probably won’t upgrade my wife’s iPhone 4S until tomorrow evening at the earliest. I want to get familiar with it before she starts asking me for help.

Dean Lewis

At least the iPad 2 is listed, @FlipFriddle. My iPad 1 is rapidly becoming forgotten tech. smile


I upgraded the iPad 2. Seems to work well. The interface they created makes the iPad feel snappier.

I really really like the look better than the old one.
Seems crisper to me. Perhaps I just like new things.

Allison Sheridan

Hey Bryan - my husband Steve has an iPhone 4 and we noticed that you can do the (stupid, ugly, annoying) filters in the camera app in iOS7, but they’re applied after you take the photo not before. Just a little additional info. (And I don’t hate him, he has an iPhone 5s as of today).

Bryan Chaffin

Interesting, Allison, and thanks for the heads up. Apple specified “camera filters” in its list, but the filters being available in the Photos app is important to note. I updated the story with that (and a link). Thanks!

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