Apple’s upcoming turn-by-turn feature on the iOS 6 operating system will be limited to the iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and new iPad.
Many existing Apple customers will be disappointed to learn that it is not included for use on the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 3GS.
Billed as one of iOS 6′s biggest features, Apple’s turn-by-turn navigation features spoken directions, 3D view and real-time traffic information. It’s also the Cupertino company’s first foray into its own mapping application since dumping Google Maps.
Apple says on its website: “Find your way to your destination using turn-by-turn spoken directions, a 3D view, and real-time traffic information. As you approach a turn, Maps speaks directions, so you can keep your eyes on the road.
“In addition, the screen turns into a 3D perspective view of the road ahead. Large signs and arrows superimposed over the image show you which way to go and how long it’s going to take to get there — even if your screen is locked. As you approach a turn, the camera angle changes dynamically to show you where to go. If you miss a turn, don’t worry. Maps automatically reroutes you and updates your ETA.”
However in the small print it says: “Some features may not be available in all countries or all areas. Flyover and turn-by-turn navigation will be available only on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 or later.”
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