All the iPod touch users who were hoping to upgrade their iOS to iOS 7, the all new version of Apple’s handheld operating system will not be available for them even if they bought the device earlier this year.
Only the fifth generation version, which is the latest iPod touch model which Apple began, selling last fall, can run iOS 7, which is similar to the iPhone 3GS, which Apple first released in 2009, and didn’t make the cut. That version was the first iPod touch to sport a four-inch screen like that on the iPhone 5.
Apple released iOS 7 on Wednesday. The new iOS is redesigned under the supervision of Apple design guru Jony Ive. The new software sports a flatter, cleaner look and lots of new features.
The older iPod touch users will miss out some new features that that Apple is building into iOS 7, including a quick settings area that allows users to easily turn on or off their WiFi and Bluetooth antennas, the security updates in addition to the new look of the iOS 7.
Otherwise, all devices that can run iOS 6 will be able to upgrade to the new version of the operating system on Wednesday. That includes the iPad mini, all big-screened iPads from the iPad 2 on and all iPhones from the iPhone 4 on.
All the devices which run on iOS 6 that includes the iPad mini, all big-screened iPads from the iPad 2 on and all iPhones from the iPhone 4 would have been able to upgrade to the new version of the operating system on Wednesday, if Apple would have made the new iOS available for up gradation.
On the other hand, as is typical with iOS upgrades, older devices won’t get all of the new features in iOS 7. For example the new burst and slow-motion camera modes will only be available on the new iPhone 5s. And the panoramic shooting mode isn’t available on the iPhone 4 or on any of the iPads.