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iOS 3.1.x users encountering trouble with App Store

updated 01:00 pm EST, Tue December 20, 2011

Mainly hurts users of first-, second-gen hardware

People still using versions of iOS 3.1.x on an iPhone or iPod touch have begun encountering problems with the App Store, according to threads (1, 2) on Apple's support forums. On a basic level, pages on the store may contain broken layouts and missing content. More serious are problems with actually downloading apps, such as having to use the Update All command, instead of having the flexibility of updating apps individually.

Should that fail, people at least have the option of updating apps through iTunes on a computer. Apple has been made aware of the issue, but doesn't appear to be offering any solutions so far. Since the glitches are explicitly related to the App Store, they may imply that Apple has made some server-side changes that broke compatibility with older releases of iOS.

The impact should be limited to owners of first- and second-generation iPhones and iPod touches. Anything released afterward either has newer firmware pre-installed or is fully compatible with iOS 4 or 5.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    what do you cheap-asses expect if you don't keep your iPhone updated? Apple never said it would work forever!

  1. chas_m



    Not a big deal, Troll2dolt

    If you'd care to actually read the article, original iPhone/Touch users (who are the only ones I can think of who would be affected by this) can continue to update just fine using their computer (which their devices are tied to anyway). These days there aren't a whole lot of new apps that are 3.x compatible anyway, but Apple will likely fix the problem just the same so they can continue to buy music etc on the go.

    As for "keeping the iPhone updated," as an original iPhone owner myself I think I can safely say that most of us have "handed me down" the original iPhones/Touches to spouses or kids by now, and guess what? They still work PERFECTLY and run all the apps one has acquired PERFECTLY, four and a half years later.

    Nothing lasts forever -- particularly not that already-obsolete POS retarDROID you have (actually you don't seem to have one anymore, do you?) -- but nearly five years out of a mobile phone is, I think, not just "pretty good" but actually QUITE acceptable.

    I should think that, barring the battery eventually wearing out, this iPhone will be useful (if not up-to-date) for years to come. Nobody will EVER be saying that about a five-year-old retardroid.

  1. graxspoo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I've been running into this problem. I think it points to a significant flaw in iOS: it is difficult to pick and choose the versions of things you want to run. True, mostly it's a good idea to stay current, but not always. For example, my wife 'updated all' our iPad, and now I'm stuck with versions of some games that I don't like as well as the old versions. No way to downgrade that I know of. Also, I recently was forced to 'upgrade all' on my iPhone because as the article mentions, the individual update buttons stopped working. Some of the updated versions don't work as well as the older versions because, I'm sure, iOS 3 is not a high testing priority, and newer apps are tuned for faster hardware with more RAM.

    What I wish they would add is fairly simple: a one at a time "opt out" of automatic updates. This way, if you didn't want to update a particular app, you could simply flag it as being excluded from the automatic updating process. Then you could still mostly hit 'update all' and things would do what you want. It would also be great to be able to revert an upgraded app to at least the version you previously had installed. That way if you upgraded but decided it was a not for you, that you could easily undo.

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