iPhone 3GS Gets More iOS 6 Features

When iOS 6 was announced, Apple said that iOS 6 would be compatible with the iPhone 3GS, but the major features they announced seemed to be left off of the list for the older device. With the released of iOS 6 beta 3, MacRumors is reporting that the iPhone 3GS has received a couple more iOS features.

It looks like the iPhone 3GS will get Shared Photo Streams, which gives users a new way to share photos from right in the Photos app. This is one of the features added in attempts to make iOS a more social environment.

iPhone 3GS will also get VIP email, in the Mail app. VIP mail is a new inbox in the mail app where you can set your favorites or important contacts, so you can easily see the emails that are more important to you.

When iOS 6 was first announced, these 2 features were not included on the iPhone 3GS. With the release of iOS 6 beta 3, these 2 entries on the restrictions of iOS 6 have been removed:

  • Shared Photo Streams requires iOS 6 on iPhone 4 or later or iPad 2 or later, or a Mac computer with OS X Mountain Lion. An up-to-date browser is required for accessing shared photo streams on the web.
  • VIP list and VIP and Flagged smart mailboxes will be available on iPhone 4 or later and iPad 2 or later.

iOS 6 will debut this fall, but we will probably see 1 or 2 more beta releases before then. We’ll keep you up to date as we learn more.

  • Seriously who’s still rockin’ a 3GS these days!? Time to upgrade to a 5 in the Fall 🙂

  • randyritraj

    Thanks to Rogers’ stupid 30 month upgrade cycle, I am “rocking” the 3GS but will be getting the 5 this fall. I know a bunch of others in the same boat as me.

  • James

    you’d be surprised. like randyritraj, thanks to Rogers locking most of my friends and i for 3yrs, with an incredibly high cancellation fee, we are stuck until nov/dec of 2012 to get released. we’ve been biting the bullet.