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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t3RRa
Member since:
2005-11-22

Just one thing came into my mind that the newer release date of the firmware does not necessarily means it is more compatible. But rather API/ABI/Library compatibilities do. So there might be more difference between iOS 3.1.2 and 4.1.x than between Android 1.5 and 1.6. That is what major and minor numberings are for.

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Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Why are you even compare Android 1.5 to 1.6, and then suggesting that 3.1.2 might have bigger differences with 4.x? The point is that Android 1.5 Google apps still work! I'm not interested what Android 1.6 or 2.3, or iOS 4.x are capable of. I'm only asking to continue using my device without bad surprises! The only firmware I'm interested in comparing it with is with itself, back when it was working! I'm not asking for upgrades!

As I said in the beginning, I still have a 2003 Powerbook that works. When new apps/updates/OSes came out, they were not falsely presented as compatible, available for updating/installation, and they were not forced to my laptop either. I just want the same here. This is not much to ask for. To me, that should have been the default!

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t3RRa Member since:
2005-11-22

So do you expect apps from later Android version would surely work on old 1.5 version? I doubt that.

And I think powerbook example is quite irrelevant. at least slightly if not fully. just my thought.

And I am not saying you are asking for much though, even Microsoft cannot guarantee 100% backward compatibility. neither could Google or Apple. And even if it is not impossible to test every situation though it isn't that easy especially if you're effort is more on other things. AFAIK they are making next revision of iPad ;) By now I assume the LCD panel for next iPad might be already decided or something. (recall from my own source ;) )

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