MacNN | App Store now allows fetching 'last compatible versions' of iOS apps
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
App Store now allows fetching 'last compatible versions' of iOS apps
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 9:18am

Apple has enabled a new feature which lets people download the "last compatible version" of an app on the iOS App Store. Until now, only the most recent version of an app was available, which proved problematic for people with older hardware (and/or an older version of iOS) if compatibility requirements had changed. The new system will show a pop-up window in iOS, asking if they want to download an earlier app release.



The arrangement reportedly supports devices as old as the iPhone 3G. Apple may be worried about supporting older products in light of the iPhone 5s, which uses a 64-bit processor; until next month, apps written in 64-bit code won't be backwards compatible with 32-bit devices using iOS 6. Apple is promising to enable hybrid 32/64-bit binaries in October.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Most Recent Stories:

  • Samsung launches tactical ITC complaint against Nvidia's GPU line - 12:05 PM EST
  • Target claims no responsibility for 'Black Friday' data theft in court - 11:04 AM EST
  • Google's Android 5.0 Full Disk Encryption hindering NAND speed - 10:13 AM EST
  • FCC Chairman sees Net Neutrality lawsuits by 'big dog' ISPs coming - 9:40 AM EST
  • Hands On: Carrot Talking Task List (iOS) - 10:33 PM EST
  • Square, Sephora, Tickets.com, Disney app add support for Apple Pay - 9:21 PM EST
  • Briefly: Spotcam launches, Satechi's 10-port USB 3.0 hub - 8:09 PM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • Samsung launches tactical ITC complaint against Nvidia's GPU line - 12:05 PM EST
  • Google's Android 5.0 Full Disk Encryption hindering NAND speed - 10:13 AM EST
  • Briefly: Google Drive Chromebook offer, AT&T Nexus 6 issue - 2:42 PM EST
  • British regulator urges Russian authorities to shut down webcam site - 1:54 PM EST
  • Amazon reportedly preparing advertising-supported Prime Instant Video - 11:33 AM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.