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A Reddit user has spotted a sneak update from Apple, which lets users on older iOS hardware install the last compatible version of an app. Apple just released iOS 7 with its new look and features What's New in iOS 7? What's New in iOS 7? A new generation of iOS is nearly upon us, revealed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference last week. Guided strongly by (Sir) Jony Ive, iOS 7 marks a clear departure from the skeumorphic UI elements of... Read More  to iOS devices with compatible hardware, so this comes as good news for those on legacy gadgets.

Prior to this, if you were using an older iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch which hadn’t been updated to the latest OS, you would not have been able to download the latest apps, with an error message along the lines of “This app requires iOS X.X”.

The new compatibility feature now removes the firmware requirement. So, if you want to install Instagram on a 2nd-generation iPod Touch, you will now get a prompt that says, “Download an older version of this app? The current version requires iOS 5.0 or later but you can download the last compatible version.”


The guys at Engadget even tried it with the Twitter app and said it worked perfectly.

It’s a fantastic way of supporting legacy devices and not making users feel left out.


Users on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches will have recently had the new iOS 7 upgrade pushed to their devices, which brings a new look and features like a revamped camera, airdrop and iTunes Radio. We reckon you’ll love it 6 Reasons You're Going To Love iOS 7 [Opinion] 6 Reasons You're Going To Love iOS 7 [Opinion] I've spent around a week playing with Apple's preview version of iOS 7 in its current beta form and in that time I've had plenty of time to peruse Apple's vision for the future of... Read More .

Source: Reddit via Engadget

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  1. Mike Blais
    November 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    It works for now

  2. Cheryl
    November 3, 2013 at 1:27 am

    I tried to get the Kindle app back on my 2nd Gen iPod Touch and got the same message. Had better luck with my iPad 1.

  3. MARco
    September 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    This worked to me for a very short time (an evening, not sure if for some days), now not.
    Any further news as now doesn't seem to be working anymore (when installing a new app (even an app like "iTunes U" that i wish to install in the iPod) it returned to say "this app require version ... of iOS, Update / Cancel", and the update bring an error Can't connect to iTunes Store. i've a 16Gbyte iPod old generation upgradable apparently up to 4.2.1, and i wish to use its memory for application like iTunes U without saturate the memory of my more modern iPad/iPhone, iTune sync the video of iTuneU but not the application in the iPod.