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Apple allows legacy iOS users to download older versions of apps

Apple users running older versions of iOS will be able to download apps that are backwards compatible and a plethora of apps will be available to them as a result.

A Reddit user highlighted the move and it means that someone running an earlier version than iOS 7 can download an app that has a new version optimised for that OS but still enjoy the full app experience without upgrading the device.

For example an iPhone running iOS 5 will now be able to access older versions of apps and developers will be licking their lips at the possibilities the news throws up.

Apple has historically had less of an issue with fragmentation than Google’s Android OS and at the last check 90 per cent of the 600 million iOS devices worldwide ran the latest version of the iOS. When iOS 6 was released in September 2012 an impressive 100 million devices had already switched over in the first week with the number reaching 200 million by the end of October 2012.

The backwards compatibility news comes on the same day that Apple is starting to roll out iOS 7 to customers around the world after it was released alongside the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S last week.

iOS 7 can be downloaded by owners of the iPhone 4, 4S, 5C and 5S, the iPad 2 and retina display models, and fifth generation iPod touch devices. Some of the updates won’t be available to certain iPhones for example the iPhone 4 won’t get Siri or panoramic photo improvements.

The new OS brings a raft of security improvements and looks completely different on the eye with everything down to the design of app icons given an extensive refresh. UK users will be able to download the new version from around 18:00 GMT by using Wi-Fi or connecting the device to a computer and downloading through iTunes.

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