As Apple forges ahead with the release of the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and iOS 7, those who are still running legacy versions of iOS are now being forced to make a choice. Apple is offering those users an option to download the last compatible version of apps for their iPhone. Legacy iOS builds refers to any iOS version that can no longer run most or all of the new features introduced with iOS 6 or iOS 7. iOS 7 is bringing a whole new UI and a multitude of new features to the iPhone, with Tim Cook calling it “the biggest change to iOS since the original iPhone”.
Users will be prompted to download the last compatible versions of their apps when they try to update via the App Store on a build of any legacy iOS version. This is becoming more and more common as developers are beginning to update their apps to work with iOS 7 and some of the older versions are being removed. Some apps also demand certain hardware requirements which will become an issue for original iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPhone 3GS users.
This is good news for users because Apple is still willing to work those who have not updated their software or their device. Most companies develop software that does not support older models of their smartphones, and Apple does a very good job of supporting older models of its products.
iOS 7 is set to be released to the public tomorrow, and will be compatible with the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5c and 5s, as well as the fifth-generation iPod touch, iPad 2, third- and fourth-generation iPad, and the iPad mini. It will be available as a free download through iTunes when users connect their iPhones.