Here’s A Complete iOS 7 Feature Compatibility Chart

With the all new iOS 7 currently available to developers only, a number of Apple users are anxious to know which of the features from the latest and greatest iOS iteration will work on their iOS devices, once it goes public later this year. According to Apple, below is a list of iOS devices compatible with iOS 7:

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad 2
  • Retina iPad 3
  • Retina iPad 4
  • iPad Mini
  • iPod touch 5th gen

But in our initial tests, we found out that the iPhone 4S and older devices do not support the AirDrop feature, neither do they support the new Camera Filters. In order to make things simpler to understand, The Apple Lounge has prepared a feature comparison chart (below), showing which of the features highlighted by Apple during the WWDC keynote are compatible by various iOS devices.

IOS 7 Comparison Chart definitivo 1

If you’ve tried the iOS 7 beta on your device and know of a feature missing in this chart which is not compatible with your device, don’t forget to share with us in the comments section.

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  • Martin Perreault

    classic Apple iOS update: leaving features out of previous devices to force users to upgrade. Rather dissapointing. You’d think that the logic behind airdrop is to facilitate media exchange between iOS devices. So why block that feature on some devices is beyond me.

  • ward09

    Remember what happened when iPhone 3G owners upgraded to iOS 4? I wanted that update so bad for folders, but the update pretty much crippled my phone. The 3G just couldn’t handle the update. I can now appreciate that features need to be left out on older devices to ensure usability. I’m still using an iPhone 4, and I’m pleased to be getting the new interface, multitasking and control center. For me anyway, I think Apple has struck a pretty good balance.

  • James H

    It’s not blocked, get your facts first before jumping to conclusions.

    AirDrop is based on Wi-Fi Direct which the older network chips on the iPhone 4S and iPad 3 didn’t support.

  • sully54

    first off, the feature you’re referring to requires specific hardware that older phones simply doesn’t have. second, apple is the only company that knows how to balance backward compatibility and advancement. the fact that ios 7 will work on a phone that’s 3 years old is pretty incredible considering newer phones from other manufacturers have issues or just can’t upgrade to the newest android version. even os x mavericks will freaking work on a computer that’s 6 years old!

    trust me, apple never pulls an xbox one when it comes to backward compatibility.

  • Martin Perreault

    I’m sorry if my comment came out as just bashing against Apple. This was not my intention. I was merely complaining about the fact that this feature is not present on previous devices. I hardly think the 4S and iPad3Retina are old devices by any means. I understand better with all your comments that the feature in question (Airdrop) works on a newer technology found only in the most recent devices. However, I have a hard time imagining they could not have come with a solution that would have worked, albeit differently, on these devices. For instance, the app PhotoTransferApp uses both Wifi and Bluetooth to handshake and transfer files. I’m sure it is not as ideal a solution as Airdrop with the new wifi technology, but surely there is a solution there that could have worked for older devices.

    It may not be the case in this specific example, but Apple has been known to hold off on features. Let’s just remember the iPAD1 missing a front camera, even though the iPhone had it way before the iPad came out; iPad Mini with no retina display, even though the iPad and iPhone sport those screens (and we all know the next iPadMini will have a retina display); iOS6 offered Facetime over 3G on iPhone4S, but older devices only on Wifi even though Facetime worked very nicely over 3G on jailborken iPhone4. So yeah, I’d say Apple does hold off on features occasionally. And it does look like they do it to push upgrades.

  • RLst

    What the hell you talking about?!! Look how many green dots there are… I’m personally surprised of the feature’s the 3 year old iPhone 4 still gets. No Airdrop on iPhone 4/4S… that’s because of older HARDWARE. Software can’t update/upgrade physical hardware DUH!

  • Martin Perreault

    Dude, relax… did you see my reply above?

  • RLst

    In my opinion, they could’ve had multitasking in the first iPhone, but it would’be been slow as hell and chewed up the battery, giving crappy user experience, which would in turn cause complaints, wasting staff resources, etc etc.
    So, I think Apple is trying to balance between:

    1. Functionality
    2. User experience and satisfaction
    3. Pushing for upgrades
    Yes, I agree they push for upgrades on purpose. Here’s what I think:

    Pretend you had a restaurant, one customer orders about say $50 worth of food per week. That’s $2600 per year; 1 customer is roughly worth $2600pa. If you had 100 customers, your restaurant would make $260K pa turnover right? So, when you lose a customer, you’re not just losing the $10 sale or whatever that he had that day, you lose a customer worth $2600.

    Apple doesn’t sell food. Their main revenue is from the sales of their hardware products and some services. Since the products are generally big ticket items, customers aren’t expected to come in too often… definitely not weekly.

    From a business point of view, it’s bad for business, cashflow, projections in general if they don’t push for customers to come in and PAY MONEY to upgrade. If they can’t accurately predict revenue & losses, they can’t accurately decide how much to spend on research & development, or upgrading/building new facilities, hiring staff, etc. Also, it’s WAY easier and cheaper to sell to your existing customers that it is to new customers.

    If you don’t push for upgrades, there may be customers that still own and use the same device for like 10 years. Some customers might be perfectly happy, but chances are the device would be too slow by then, there would be too much wear, tear and damage on the device from normal usage, there’s features the customer is left out of, the whole experience is pretty stale for the customer and they might take it out on Apple.

    So the trade off is:
    Push for upgrades, happy & satisfied customers with new up to date devices, less repair and maintenance costs, less staff costs, less overheads, FEWER PISSED OFF CUSTOMERS that think Apple is greedy, evil and conspiring to steal all your money.
    OR
    No upgrades, stale or bad user experience, lots of complaints, waste of human resources, customers migrating to competitors, loss of customers each worth $XXXXpa, A WHOLE BUNCH OF PISSED OFF CUSTOMERS.

    If you had a business, which scenario would you prefer?

  • Chrome262

    No worries on jumping to conclusion, we all do it, I do agree that some features could go on the older devices. Of course they want you to upgrade, and while Apple does do well by its customer base, it still is out to get your buck so no one is fooled completely. I will say this though, part of their reasoning is performance, what good would be a feature if its so slow and crappy you hate the product.

  • Martin Perreault

    Although I totally understand the reasoning of pushing for customers to upgrade, and agree with it for the most part, I still think that one generation of iphones is a bit pushing it on the upgrade… And let`s not forget that Apple doesn`t make money just on the hardware: they make tons of money on the app store, ads revenue, etc. So I doubt they need to push that much for yearly upgrades. Just my two cents really. BTW, I’ve been an iphone user since day 1, and had all iphones except iphone5 as I thought this one was not worth the upgrade – I’m still waiting for a bigger iphone. But that’s another story altogether… 😉

  • Milind

    Why does the iPhone 4 released in 2010 not have navigation, while the Droid released in 2009 has? I agree that if a device is under speced or doesn’t have the hardware for a software feature, it makes sense to leave that feature out. But I don’t think that’s what happening with iOS updates any more. What used to be a stellar record is now getting blemished and if the chart above is not screaming fragmentation, I don’t know what is. This of course doesn’t excuse the pathetic situation of OS updates on Android. But Apple is increasingly making it difficult for itself to take the high ground on fragmentation.

    I’d say real multi-tasking on a single core device may not be able to provide a lag free experience and it would make sense to not have it on the 4 or 4S, but that’s present, but AirDrop is not. Come on!

  • Milind

    Wi-Fi Direct is a software access point. If you have Wi-Fi capability, you can do Wi-Fi Direct. Has nothing to do with missing hardware. Just creates a ad-hoc wireless network. There was no reason for Wi-Fi Direct not to have been in the iPhone 4 in the first place and there is no reason it can’t do it with the OS update.

  • ward09

    Yeah, you make some good points, especially about AirDrop. No doubt Apple decides what they think the hot new features are and strategically weighs what to include in the updates for older devices both for performance and driving new sales. For example, not including Siri on the iPad 2.

    That said, after my experience with updating my iPhone 3G to iOS4, I prefer to be on the side of caution. Missing out on new features is not as bad as having your phone crippled. I was stuck with my 3G for about 4 months until I could finally get my hands on an iPhone 4. Now I never update right away. I usually wait about 3 weeks to make sure their are no problems on certain devices.

    Again, I see your points. I just prefer updates that I know, with complete certainty, won’t kill the performance of existing features of the device.

  • iOS

    Look at these foolish ppl arguing, youve all been brainwashed by Apple! I liked Apple before they started making these icons crap, wth is wrong with apple users? The great thing about apple compared to all mobile os, is their design. iOS had amazing designs in icons, and other interface on their apps, after what they did here in ios7, it became so ugly that, I cant believe I can say this, but android is looking even better!

    Do you ppl seriously believe that these newer icons look better than the old ones? I feel like im taking crazy pils when every apple users thinks the ios7 design looks great when all I could see is them making the icons look uglier and unappealing.

  • I agree that the new icons are ugly. There’s a few I don’t mind, but overall I’m not a fan. That being said, I’m not about to jump ship and switch to a different OS simply because I don’t like the design of the icons. There’s a lot more to consider than that, and just about everything else about iOS 7 looks like a welcome improvement to me.

    I also don’t understand how two people discussing the fact that it doesn’t seem right for Apple to be holding features back on older devices means that they’re brainwashed by Apple. How do you figure that?!?

  • karen

    it is not compatable with desktop direct