As I followed along with gdgt’s liveblog of the WWDC keynote today, I was excited to see that Apple would finally be bringing turn-by-turn directions to iOS devices. After years of hearing Android fanboys snicker at the lack of a seemingly basic maps function, iPhone users would have their own built in directions feature with iOS 6.
But not every iPhone user, it turns out, and not by a long shot.
Apple, much like it did with Siri when releasing the iPhone 4S, has limited the turn-by-turn functionality (and the Flyover feature) to newer devices: only the 4S and iPad 2 or later will be granted the newer service.
There are a lot of iPhone 4 users out there—many of us still under contract—who are going to feel not only left behind by Apple, but worse: when there are apps available right now in Apple’s own App Store that, free of charge, offer turn-by-turn functionality for our devices, we’re going to feel cheated.