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  • Some App Store Users Now Have Access to Older Versions of App Store Apps


    For users of older iOS devices that donít support the latest firmware from Apple, the App Store will now allow you to install the latest-compatible versions of applications where the latest versions of the applications require a firmware too new for your iOS device to run.

    For example, if a developer chose to only support iOS 7.0 and later in the latest version of one of their applications, and you were stuck with a device such as the iPod touch 4G, where iOS 6.1.3 is the latest firmware you can run, the App Store would allow you to download the latest-compatible version of that application that was out before the iOS 7-only version of the application was released, so you could run it.

    Should you fall into this inconvenient situation, you would get an alert like the one above that lets you know that you have the option to download an earlier version of the application that supports your current firmware. You will be able to cancel downloading the application, or choose to download the earlier version of the application that supports for your earlier firmware.

    There are some downsides to downloading earlier versions of applications in the App Store. For example, developers may no longer support these versions of applications, so if you experience bugs, youíre kind of stuck with them. In addition, you wonít get all of the features that may be available in the latest version of the application.

    On the other hand, the new App Store feature does allow legacy devices to at least have multiple options instead of not being able to install applications made for newer iOS firmware versions altogether.

    Sources: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Some App Store Users Now Have Access to Older Versions of App Store Apps started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Cool.
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      I wish I could somehow use this to install the previous version of Chrome before they changed it to that hideous white icon.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Obviously this should have been done the whole time.

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      the iPod touch 4G, where iOS 6.1.4 is the latest firmware you can run
      6.1.3 is the latest as far as I can tell.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      I wish I could somehow use this to install the previous version of Chrome before they changed it to that hideous white icon.
      I like the white icon... looks good next to Gmail and GV Mobile+ 3 in my dock.
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      I like the white icon... looks good next to Gmail and GV Mobile+ 3 in my dock.
      Meh, I guess it just looks a lot worse b/c my background and everything else is black, consensus in the reviews seems to like the old icon better last I checked. Oh well, can't please everyone. If I could find the location of Chrome using WinSCP I'd just change it back myself but I couldn't ever find it.
    1. offroad1994's Avatar
      offroad1994 -
      Predict there will be a way for someone to via Cydia to download the old version for any IOS version. As comparison you can find OLDVERSION.COM for windows software.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      6.1.4 is only for iPhone 5 at this time.
    1. Jato_BZ's Avatar
      Jato_BZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      Meh, I guess it just looks a lot worse b/c my background and everything else is black, consensus in the reviews seems to like the old icon better last I checked. Oh well, can't please everyone. If I could find the location of Chrome using WinSCP I'd just change it back myself but I couldn't ever find it.
      Install iFile if u need to. That is hands down the most worthy JB Tweak there is.

      Anywho the location for the App is /var/mobile/Applications/Chrome

      File is Icon@2x.png 114x114px

      Bundle ID: com.google.chrome.ios (for WinterBoard use)

      If you have "Application Names" on in the Preferences of iFile it'll show "Chrome" instead of the long Hex Code you would normally see with a typical SSH Client...
    1. DirkSwizzler's Avatar
      DirkSwizzler -
      Sweet! I can finally load netflix back onto my old ipod touch on 4.2.1 ! I've been wanting to use this instead of my iPhone on cardio machines for a while since I have to take my phone out of it's case every time to hook it up.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Tomorrow is the big day guys!!!
    1. Paulsquaredson's Avatar
      Paulsquaredson -
      What about my first gen iPod Touch running iOS 3.1.3?
    1. smith01's Avatar
      smith01 -
      About time. I've had to jailbreak my device then use a jailbreak app to install older versions.
      There are still a few apps where the older version is better than the new version so there is still a need to jailbreak to use those versions.
    1. Browning151's Avatar
      Browning151 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jato_BZ View Post
      Install iFile if u need to. That is hands down the most worthy JB Tweak there is.

      Anywho the location for the App is /var/mobile/Applications/Chrome

      File is Icon@2x.png 114x114px

      Bundle ID: com.google.chrome.ios (for WinterBoard use)

      If you have "Application Names" on in the Preferences of iFile it'll show "Chrome" instead of the long Hex Code you would normally see with a typical SSH Client...
      Finally found it. For some reason it's named stable.app instead of Chrome.app on my phone, and I had to change the Icon.png, Icon@2x.png, Icon-72.png and Icon-72@2x.png for it to change. At least I have my black icon back now. Thanks.