The third beta of iOS 6 was released on Monday, and with it’s release, new features and bug fixes were added as expected in this release. But iPhone 3GS users that are running iOS 6 beta 3 in their devices would of noticed that Apple added two features to the mobile OS that were previously only available for the iPhone 4, and 4S. These features are Photo Streams and VIP mail.
Photo Stream sync’s all of your photos on your iDevice, and sync’s them with all of your other devices, like your Mac, iPad, or iPod Touch. VIP mail will only display emails from people of your choice, so you can access them quicker.
The iOS 6 preview page on Apple’s website listed 8 points, outlining the restrictions on some of the features, but with the release of iOS 6 beta 3, two points have been removed. Those being:
- 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.
The fact that iOS 6 is still supported by Apple is quite amazing, as last year, it was the minimum requirement for iOS 5. But it seems, because Apple is still selling the three year old phone, it has decided that the 3GS needed some of the new features included in iOS 6, which is nice to see even on the older hardware.