iOS 3.1.3 App Store Bug Has Been Resolved
Earlier today, iOS 3.1.3 users were unable to use the App Store.
Earlier today, it seemed like no one using iOS 3.1.3 could use the App Store to download new applications. Users brought up a big stink about it on Apple's support forums (this link
) about the problem where Apple seemed to have blocked iOS 3.1.3 users from being able to install applications from the App Store without updating to a newer firmware. While it appears that users were officially confirmed not to have been, "blocked" per se, they did have connectivity issues and reports have been saying that iOS 3.1.3 users have been having problems downloading new applications as early as December fifteenth and affected both the iPhone and iPod touch handsets.
Many people ended up doing iTunes restorations back to factory settings but still had no avail trying to have the ability to download applications directly onto the device from the App Store. Of course, some devices are simply not powerful enough to run the features iOS 4 and iOS 5, so this problem infuriated many people who were using older devices. While iOS 4 can be installed on some of the older devices like the iPod touch 2G, it is sluggish and it doesn't have half of the features that it has the iPod touch 3G and newer. Users have preferred to simply stay on iOS 3.1.3 (especially some of the jailbreakers).
Engadget has confirmed that Apple has fixed the App Store for users on iOS 3.1.3 and they used their very own iPod touch 1G which runs iOS 3.1.3 to back up that claim. Apple was able to fix the problem without even forcing an update on all of the handset users. This was a huge sigh of relief for many – especially for the devices that are maxed out at iOS 3.1.3 like the iPod touch 1G users who don't have the option of upgrading to iOS 4 and iOS 5.
In case you were unaware of this issue, iOS 3.1.3 device users would see a screen like the one below (from Apple's support forums) when attempting to download applications on their handset:
Now that the issue has been fixed, iOS 3.1.3 users should be able to download applications directly on their handsets again as they did before the problem began. Were you one of the users affected? Share with us in the comments!