Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 17th Feb 2011 00:14 UTC
Apple Well, it might be safe to say that Apple's own engineers stopped testing their Apple apps with 3.x iOS devices, and have created bugs that make these apps unusable. This is to be somewhat expected, Apple has a track record of not-so-great backwards compatibility (on the Mac), but what we also expected was to not get these broken updates forced to us. It's one thing to stop updating the firmware of older iOS models, and another thing breaking them.
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The 3.1.2 firmware is not more than 1.5 years old though. If not for the devices themselves, that software version should have been supported for longer. However, as I tried to explain in the article, it's NOT about supporting. If Apple doesn't want to support these devices/firmwares, that's fine. My problem comes with BREAKING them. There's a *distinct difference* there.

I'm well aware of how Apple has conducted business with its Mac lines, and how they eliminated older products from new OSX versions, drivers etc. But you see, they never *broke* these Macs! I still have my Powerbook from 2003, it still works without problems, and the apps that don't work with it, well, they don't even install.

But in this case, we're FORCED updates or apps (the App Store update was remote), or we're led to believe that some apps showing as updatable are compatible with our device, when they're clearly not!

If this is part of the plan as you claim, to *break devices on purpose after a while so people buy new stuff*, then this could go to court. I'm not a lawyer, neither I'm interested to sue, but if what you say is true, then this whole thing feels like a con. But I don't believe that Apple is a con artist company. I think they just took the whole matter not very seriously, and stopped testing with 3.x to save engineering time. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I'm just not happy with the whole situation.

Edited 2011-02-17 01:26 UTC

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daedliusswartz Member since:

This is to be somewhat expected

So don't buy the product if you "somewhat expect" this sort of thing.

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Eugenia Member since:

Read the sentence more carefully. The "expected" is for non-extended support, not the actual problem discussed.

I really hate it when people use words out of context just to have their way and change what the author wanted to convey. Really cheap on your part.

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