Why can’t I update apps on the 2nd-gen iPod Touch?
Question by Deborah Herrick /

We have three 2nd gen iPod touches (8, 16. and 32) we use regulary. It seems Apple has cut off the ability to update or add new apps. Apps are no longer compatible with them. This is a lot of money to just junk. Why are they doing this to us?

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  • Bob Herstal

    Apple wants you to buy new a Ipod so that they make money off of you. Apple also does it so that you use more powerful graphics. Any game in the app store now requires a higher IOS version, at least 4.0, because it allows multi-tasking and major bonuses. Apple also does this for protection. They do this to protect jailbreakers from getting an app and getting it for free or getting free in game money, etc. So upgrade to an IPod 4 and you can play any game on the app store.

    • Mic

      Sorry, that is incorrect! Very few apps aren’t compatible with iPod touch 4th generation. Correction: Best bet is to get an iPod 5.

  • Deborah Herrick

    Thank you, everyone, for your responses. It’s pretty much a new issue for us because they had been updating and suddenly won’t anymore. Frustrating to own three devices that will only be as good as they are now.

  • Justin Pot

    You could say that in the years since you bought that device a lot has changed. Way more computing power can be packed into a tight space now than could when the iPod Touch first came out, and modern apps count on that computing power in order to function.

    It’s also try, however, that Apple (and other device makers) have done absolutely nothing to keep these devices functional long term. There could be a repo of lightweight apps that support older devices; there isn’t. But basically, if you want a device that will last, stick to an actual computer you can upgrade. Or try jailbreaking, if you’re brave. Best of luck to you.

  • susendeep dutta

    With the new OS just not compatible with your device,the only way to use them is to keep listening to songs and accessing internet over it via browser.This would not make your hardware junk.

  • ha14

    hardware reasons, 2nd generation cannot run the newer Operating System.

  • Muo TechGuy

    Those devices are about 5 years old now, and expecting a consumer device to run the newest software forever is just not reasonable. This is no different to an Android tablet which can’t be upgraded past 2.x. The software apps you already have will continue to run fine, and you have had a few years of updates to the device. Consumer electronics are not like PCs which are upgradeable; you buy the device, and that’s it. You can’t upgrade the memory, add more drive space, or change the CPU.

    To do otherwise would simply prevent innovation in software.

    • Justin Pot

      The problem, James, is that people buying the consumer devices don’t realize this when they spend good money on them. That’s changing now that people are running into this problem, and I hope that leads to device makers focusing on longevity. A $600 device becoming useless after 6 years isn’t acceptable, in my opinion.

    • Jan Fritsch

      I think 3-4 years where we are today is quite realistic. You have to look at technology as a time-related investment ~ kind of like leasing.

      For example the 2nd generation iPod touch had a 533MHz processor. Today mobile devices feature Dual-core 1GHz processors. Obviously it is ages from a technological point of view.

      Looking at the cost-over-time:
      6 years would be 72 months, at $600 that’s an investment of $8.34 a month. At 4 years you are still at only $12.5. In a distant relation that fits well with an contract financed iPhone costing you $40-50 a month at the mobile provider.

  • Sas

    The only solution is jailbreaking.

  • Jon Farrington

    From my understanding, it’s primarily because the operating system used by older iTouch and iPhone models only goes up to (4.2.1) I believe, and apps (Facebook is a prime example) requires 4.3.0, although iOS 6 is already out. The reason this is significant is because the operating system updates added features and the application developers are utilizing these new features, which are not available on the older OS versions.

    • Jan Fritsch

      That and Apple wanting people to buy new devices.

      The 2.generation iPod Touch was discontinued back in 2009. Basically you are holding a 3-4 year old device in your hand.