Older models of iPad get new iOS 7 with missing features.
READ: iOS 7 features
The full version has been limited to just iPhone 5, iPad 5, iPad mini and newest 5th generation iPod touch. iPad 4 and older iOS devices will see subtle differences and limitations of the software.
We’re expecting at least some missing apps and features. For example, AirDrop will not work on iPad 3, or older iPads. New filters that come with iOS 7 will not work on limited version of iOS 7 for older iOS devices. Many camera features like various filters and Panorama mode will not work if you bought your iPad prior to November 2nd last year. In fact, even if you bought your iPad 4 in recent months, you will not be getting the AirDrop. Only the newest of iOS devices listed above will get the full version of iOS 7 with AirDrop bumping-devices-to-push-over-content functionality.
We can only speculate on whether Apple will retrofit their older devices to suit the new iOS 7. In past, we saw iPad 4 getting a full version of iOS 6 after the release along with new iPhone 5. Also iPad 3 received iOS 5 update along with Siri.
iOS 7 release date has not been specified just yet. It is said to be introduced later this year. The expected timeline is late September, or early October.
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