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Still rocking an older and now unsupported iOS device that you just can't bear to put out to pasture? Fear not, Apple has your back with a new option to download the last compatible version of an app that will work on your aging hardware.
Engadget reported Tuesday that Apple appears to be throwing a bone to those stuck on older iOS devices on the eve of iOS 7's release tomorrow. Rather than completely shut out older hardware incapable of running the current version, the App Store now offers the option to download a previous compatible version instead.
The new option was first spotted on Reddit, where a screenshot of the new prompt was posted for all to see, and Engadget managed to successfully install an older version of Instagram using an iPhone 3GS still running iOS 4.3.3 as well as Twitter on an even older iPhone 3G running iOS 4.2.1.
"Download an older version of this app?" Apple's new compatibility prompt asks. "The current version requires iOS 5.0 or later, but you can download the last compatible version."
Just for kicks, we tried installing a few apps on our creaky old original iPhone, which is still running creaky old iOS 3.1.3 — sadly, we didn't have any luck, but it wouldn't be surprising if Apple was limiting this to iOS 4.0 and higher.
This news is likely to come as a relief to owners of older iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad hardware faced with inevitable extinction; at least they now have the option to remain frozen in time with apps that actually still function.
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(Image courtesy of Engadget)