No iPhone left behind as Apple offers older app versions through App Store
17th Sep 2013 | 19:16
Lifeline for the iPhone 3GS
Apple is in the process of rolling out a new feature for iOS devices running older versions of the software, which allows the last compatible version of apps to be downloaded.
With developers busying themselves with updating the apps for re-imagined software, the new feature will give those owners incapable or unwilling to use iOS 7 the ability to continue using their favorite apps.
According to reports today, the new notification pops up asking if users wish to install the last compatible version when they attempt to download an app that's not supported by their version of iOS.
New lease of life
The decision to make the older versions available, first spotted by a Reddit user, keeps devices like the iPhone 3GS and original iPad alive and kicking, despite their incompatibility with iOS 7.
It could even encourage some estranged iPhone users to dig the old handset out of the closet and give things another whirl.