There’s bad news for iPad users: some of the features in the newly-announced iOS 7 are not coming to Apple’s tablets, just the iPhone.
And older devices won’t get some features that are coming to newer models.
But the good news is that most of these are related to functions that a recent study showed that tablet owners rarely use.
For example, iOS 7 will add a panorama mode and filters to the Camera app, but no iPad will support this. The camera is little used on tablets.
The iPad 2 is also going to miss out on the ability to take square images and videos, swipe to capture, and the filters that are coming to the Photos app.
AirDrop for Some
A feature that might be more missed is AirDrop. This will allow users to easily exchange images and other files with other iOS users who are nearby, but the only tablets that will be supported are the iPad 4 and iPad mini. No earlier models will be able to take advantage of it.
All of the other features of iOS 7 will be available for every Apple tablet starting with the iPad 2, like the redesigned look, the new Control Center, the updated version of Siri, the updated Notification Center, and more.