No iPhone left behind as Apple offers older app versions through App Store

No iPhone left behind as Apple offers older apps for non-iOS 7 devices
Previous versions could breathe new life into non-iOS 7 devices

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.

Apple's new iOS 7 software becomes available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners on Wednesday, but for handsets like the iPhone 3GS it's the end of the road when it comes to software updates.

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.

Via Engadget

Chris Smith

A technology journalist, writer and videographer of many magazines and websites including T3, Gadget Magazine and He specializes in applications for smartphones, tablets and handheld devices, with bylines also at The Guardian, WIRED, Trusted Reviews and Wareable. Chris is also the podcast host for The Liverpool Way. As well as tech and football, Chris is a pop-punk fan and enjoys the art of wrasslin'.