Apple Permitting Old Versions of iOS to Install Old Apps
Apple has quietly enabled a feature that allows older iOS devices, such as the iPhone 3G or 3GS, to install the "last compatible version" of certain applications. Older iOS devices often cannot be updated to the latest version of iOS. Neither the iPhone 3G nor 3GS will be able to run iOS 7, for example. Applications are often updated for the newest versions of iOS, leaving older devices with older versions of the operating system unable to run them. Now, when attempting to download a new app, the iTunes App Store will offer users a version of the application that works with their device. This new feature means users of Apple's old iPhones won't be left behind and will still be able to use their favorite apps.
Review: iOS 11
Apple's annual iPhone operating system upgrade is here. Beginning September 19, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners can download and install iOS 11, the latest mobile platform from Apple.
iOS 10 Won't Work on Older iPhones
Apple has indicated which iPhones and iPads will be able to run the newest version of iOS, and as always older devices are left out. iOS 10 is compatible with all versions of the iPhone from the 2012 iPhone 5 through the 2016 iPhone SE.
Apple Says Final Version of iOS 10 to Be Available Sept. 13
Apple today revealed that iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners will be able to upgrade to the latest version of its iOS platform come September 13. iOS 10 focuses on integrating Siri into third-party apps and makes significant changes to the Apple Photos, News, Maps, and Music apps.
iPhone 5 and 5c Won't Run iOS 11, 32-Bit Apps Going Away
Some older iPhones will not be part of the iOS 11 party scheduled to arrive this fall. According to Apple's web site, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c, and the fourth-generation iPad cannot handle iOS 11's 64-bit app requirements, so they will not be receiving the updated operating system.
Apple Pulls, Patches, Re-Publishes iOS 9.3 for Some iPhones
Apple was forced to pull a build of iOS 9.3 for older iPhones after it was found to cause activation problems on the iPhone 5s, 5, 4s, and 4. "Updating some iOS devices to iOS 9.3 can require entering the Apple ID and password used to set up the device in order to complete the software update," explained Apple.
Doesn't work for all apps...