Apple lets developers choose whether to support legacy iOS devices

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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is tweaking a new App Store policy enabling legacy iPhone devices to download the most recent compatible versions of iOS applications, letting developers now choose whether or not they wish to support older editions of their software.

Apple's new iOS 7 supports the iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch 5th generation. Apple has not optimized the update for older devices like the iPhone 3GS and first-generation iPad. As of this week, owners of those legacy iOS devices that attempt to install apps and games from the App Store now see a prompt reading "Download an older version of this app? The current version requires iOS [version number] or later, but you can download the last compatible version."

Apple announced Thursday that it will allow developers to determine whether or not consumers may download their apps to devices that do not support iOS 7. "If you do not wish to make these versions available, you can manage the availability of your apps' previous versions in the Rights and Pricing section of the Manage Your Apps module in iTunes Connect," the company said in post on its developer news site. Article

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