Not all iOS 9 apps will run on ageing Apple devices, and here's why

Not all iOS 9 apps will run on ageing Apple devices, and here's why
Owners of older Apple devices are always happy to be getting the latest iOS updates on time, even if the updates themselves — especially those for really old gadgets — only ship after undergoing heavy duty features cutting procedures. This year, the case with iOS 9 is no different. It will land on devices as old as the iPhone 4s, iPad 2, and even that iPod touch 5th gen thingie Apple still hasn't forgotten about somehow.

Not all is peachy, however. In addition to all the feature cutting bonanza that iOS 9 for iPad and iPhone Old is about to face, it appears the Cupertino gang will be letting developers tag their apps as compatible with specific Apple chips only. If any app has, say, the 64-bit A7 chip mentioned as a minimum requirement, you are welcome to try running it on the iPad 2. We're giving you 8 million years before you give up in despair.

Thus, this is the first time in history where most Apple device owners will be able to upgrade to the latest iOS, but won't be able to use all iOS 9-compatible apps. Yes, certainly not a great piece of news for what has been a generally upbeat Apple news stream lately. But when you think about it, if a certain app performed poorly on your ageing hardware, you probably wouldn't want to use it anyway. And for developers, it's certainly a more effective approach than peppering their app descriptions with "WARNING: This app won't run on your 4-year old iPad!" type of language, then dealing with angry users who didn't bother reading the message.

Hence, if the App Store deems an iOS 9 app incompatible with your device, it will simply hide it from you. You won't be able to buy the app in error, or get your experience compromised in another way. Said otherwise, Apple is doing this for The Greater Good (tm).

source: Digital Trends



1. waddup121 unregistered

yeah ofc

2. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah right this is so much a joke. 99.9% of all the app on the google play store work on my old HTC desire HD and they work perfectly well! This is just an excuse to force ppl to change phone. So Welcome to Apple IOS fragmentation in apps :)

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

The question is....Can your HTC Desire be upgraded to Android L or M? Probably not....The only way is if it is rooted. Regardless if you can run apps, its about upgrading to the new OS.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I think most people would care more about if an app can run on their device or not rather than what version of OS they're running. I'd bet most people who have smartphones don't know what version OS they're on, and that's any OS, iOS, Android, or WP. They just want that game or that messaging app to work.

30. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

May be not the OS but Google main services and main apps all get updated all the time

18. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Yeah, BUT, STILL marorun is right, the catch here is to make people upgrade to newer devices, $$$$$$$...

25. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Oh no, we have to upgrade to a newer device from a device that's several years old. Get over it. Look at the android scene.

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Since you don't own any Android device, what make you think that iOS is better than Android on every aspect?

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Call me when you actually have a comment worth responding to.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You just did and silence will be taken as full agreement at least from where i come from. I won't be surprise you don't know much about iOS either e.g XCode programming or Mac Server Administration. I handle Microsoft Server Enterprise products and now taking Mobile Apps development as my part time studies.

22. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Try running new graphic intensive games on your phone without it lagging horribly. Have fun.

3. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009


5. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009


33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Damn...beat me to it. In case it was missed....FRAGMENTATION!!!!

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Pandora's box is officially open. We now have resolution fragmentation, thanks to the 6 plus, all apps don't scale perfectly anymore. They need a resolution scaler that Android has used for ages. Now that has moved on to apps fragmentation. Next will be only certain apps can be used for multi tasking and only with devices with more than 1gb of ram. Apple's biggest advantage, cohesiveness and lazy developers preferring iOS is now gone. And the best part is that this will open up the floodgates to glitches that Android has already teethed through a long time ago. Good times!

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

So they wait 5 years to add basic features, having almost nothing to innovate, start fragmentation in iOS which was the one thing Apple was more prouds that a child's mother. Wow. Tim Cook is really doing his best to make Apple look more and more like Google. Something Jobs was trying to avoid.

7. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Fragmentation what?? Its not fragmentation people. Its just more of that iOS magic. *sarcasm out the @ss*

9. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

We may see an Apple presentation with "Fragmentation done right!"

10. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Okay so taking it slowly, do I see iHaters crying about iOS fragmentation ? That's 0 sense. Considering iOS 9 will be available to widest mobile user base ever from historical iPhone 4S to this years screaming advenced iPhone, Apple made possible for developers to require minimum hardware requirements. First, it doesn't have anything to do with OS versions fragmentation - Single vearsion of app for every supported device category just like before. Second, this is a result of actual lack of fragmentation on iOS - going from OS version requirement to hardware one, bacause virtually everyone runs the same OS. It's comical that iHaters want to compare this "issue" of Apple optimizing apps for their devices (anytime Apple does something it's an issue for iHaters) with something like google android where even if Apple introduces a feature later, way more people will enjoy it on iOS.

12. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

You keep talking about developers optimising apps yet the Metal API works with the iPhone 5S and newer iDevices. Dude, the writing was on the wall since last year.

34. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Anytime a device doesnt get the entire OS features, available to apps as other devices....thats fragmentation. Apple has been doing this for years tho....older devices having less features of the current OS. Its the same OS...but not exactly the same if features are strpiped out. Thats fragmentation in my book. Hardware otr software doesnt matter IMO. It just looked good all these years because they did the stripped down version for older devices.....vs Google will not have the OS available at all. Which way is better? Depends on how the device acts, responds, behaves to the new OS. IMO I like the Google way better. I want all or half way approach.

11. gaming64 unregistered

More apps need more processing power. Duh! This isn't fragmentation. It's been done for a long time on iOS. Why thefaq does it have to be a big deal!?!

15. Springa

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Not all android apps appear in Google play on all devices. This is what Apple is doing and it should be noted that when u fail to meet app requirements you can still download the last compatible version. Im kinda concerned about the switching resolution thing. Apple should just find a new ppi density and stick with it like they did with 326.

16. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

One good thing is only one apple device with ios ?I have is ipad air 2, which is getting all the new features.

17. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

This is just a perfect example of "FOREVER DOES NOT EXIST" Fact.

19. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

It's the new era... So iPhone 6s won't get the full ios10 experience... U have to buy the iPhone 7 to get that... And iPhone 7 won't get the full ios11... Ha-ha good luck ifans lol

21. Iodine

Posts: 1503; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yes. Just like iPhone 5 didn't have touch ID support with iOS 7 or iPhone 4 didn't have flyover with iOS6 or galaxy S5 that didn't have 64-bit support with android lolipop.

31. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

There is a new s5 for 64bit support, called the s5 neo

35. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010 are aware that Apple has been doing this for years....interesting. I wonder how come it tries to get swept under the rug. As far as mentiioning the Galaxy S5....But but but....this isnt supposed to happen with OS, very few devices supposed to mean better compability.

20. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

iPeople don't have to read anything at all, just buy a brand new one. Right?

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