Apple unveiled its all-new iOS 7 operating system today for iPhone and iPad, and the company is digging deep and going far back to allow legacy devices to take advantage of all the new features.
According to the newly-unveiled iOS 7 portal, the new software will be a free download this fall for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5, and iPad 2, iPad with Retina (both gens) and iPad mini. This brings the support back to 2010, when the iPhone 4 was announced.
Apple was keen to point out that 93% of the over 400 million current iOS users are running iOS 6 and above, compared to just 33% of Android users running Jelly Bean. While there are some discrepancies Apple failed to mention, including some features not working on older hardware running the latest version of iOS, the numbers are unimpeachable.
iOS 7 is available to developers today, and will be coming to all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users this fall, likely when the new iPhone is announced.