Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2014 10:21 UTC
Apple

iOS 7 is unlikely to run better on the iPhone 4 than it does in iOS 7.1. That's not to say that the experience is great - even stepping up to an iPhone 4S would get you noticeable gains in performance and overall smoothness - but it's better than it was, and it's as good as it's going to get.

If you're sticking with the iPhone 4 for another year, iOS 7.1 makes performance tolerable enough that using the phone isn't unbearable.

Good news for iPhone 4 owners - and good on Apple for taking care of this demographic.

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MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

The AppStore will download an older version of an app if your iOS version doesn't run the latest version of the app.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

But how far back does it go?

Can you install the latest version of an app for iOS 5? Or iOS 4? Or iOS 3?

With the Google Play Store, you can still install new versions of apps on phones running Android 2.x.

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LGordon Member since:
2005-10-25

Seems to go back pretty far. I have an iPod Touch 2g running iOS 4.2.1 and when I had to do a restore recently I was able to go to the App Store and download the last compatible version of various apps. For example, the Facebook app it downloaded was version 4.1.1, but the newest available for iOS6+ is version 7.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I don't know, but an iOS device stuck on iOS 4 or earlier really needs to be replaced, if only for the battery.

Your apps will keep working. You can't update them if the newer version won't run on your iOS level. There should also be a backup in iTunes.

Personally I find it more annoying that new apps arrive that don't seem that special yet require the latest OS version. I had this with my first generation iPad and still have it with my WP 7.8 phone. Why not filter these apps from my appstore screen?

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

But how far back does it go?

Can you install the latest version of an app for iOS 5? Or iOS 4? Or iOS 3?

With the Google Play Store, you can still install new versions of apps on phones running Android 2.x.


That has nothing to do with the Play Store and everything to do with the app developer. There is nothing stopping an iOS app developer from supporting their app on iOS 3 or 4 or 5.
Android developers target Android 2.x because there is still a huge chunk of devices out there that are running that version (~20%).

That's not necessary on iOS because the update rate is far better. The percentage of devices running iOS 3 is negligible. In general, it is quite safe to target one major release back from current and cover 95%+ of the market (iOS 7 and 6 together make up 96% of devices). Targetting iOS 6 will only leave out the iPhone 3G and earlier (6 years old), and iPod touch 3rd gen (6 years old) and iPad 1 (only 4 years old but it was first of it's kind).

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