Apple now offers ‘last compatible’ versions of apps to users running legacy iOS builds
As Apple gears up to launch its major iOS update tomorrow, a change has been witnessed that affects people with devices that are running legacy iOS builds. If the build isn’t capable of running the latest version of an app, the “last compatible” version will automatically be offered.
Tomorrow Apple will finally release iOS 7 to the public. The update was first unveiled back in June at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 7 brings a plethora of new features apart from a new “flat” user interface. Developers have had ample time to get their apps ready for the new update, and majority of the apps will be updated to support iOS 7 after it is launched.
If a user tries downloading an app from the App Store, the latest version of which is not compatible with their particular iOS build, the App Store will automatically offer the last compatible version for that build. So even if the user didn’t have that app before, they’ll still be able to get it on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch regardless of the fact that it doesn’t support a later iOS version.
iOS 7 will be released for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G, iPad 2, third and fourth generation iPad as well as the iPad mini tomorrow. It will be rolled out over the air to millions of iOS device owners around the globe free of charge.