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 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.