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comment Why Apple doesn't “force” the user to update by installing the needed API updates when the user downloads a new app?
@Jeff O Got it. I did not ask on SO because I thought it was not appropriate for that site, and so I asked it here. Skimming the feed on here I see there are good number of downvoted questions, so maybe I am not the only one confused about the scope of this site, and it would do well to improve the FAQ :-)
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comment Why Apple doesn't “force” the user to update by installing the needed API updates when the user downloads a new app?
I don't think it is equally applicable to all operating systems: iOS is the only operating system that I know of where there is only one way to acquire software (without hack that voids the warranty), and that is through the OS maker itself, Apple. Apple with iOS is therefore is in a unique position to be able to ask developers to keep their apps up to date with the newest APIs (they control which apps stay in the App Store, therefore the entire pool of apps on iOS devices), and to know which APIs are required by the apps in the device.
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comment Why Apple doesn't “force” the user to update by installing the needed API updates when the user downloads a new app?
I am satisfied with your answer :-). Although I do think that most iOS users are not as technical as Mac users and don't check which apps are compatible with the updates anyway. Having "forced" updates would also mean companies would have to update their code to keep their app in the App Store, which I think would be a good thing. You do make a very good argument with the jailbroken community.
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comment Why Apple doesn't “force” the user to update by installing the needed API updates when the user downloads a new app?
I wanted to know if there was some technical reason why that does not occur...now I know that it's probably not the case.
Mar
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comment Why Apple doesn't “force” the user to update by installing the needed API updates when the user downloads a new app?
I understand that Apple does not support new OS releases on relatively old devices; but that is a somewhat artificial restriction. I mean the hardware that can handle a UIScrollview can definitely handle also UICollectionView. So even if Apple wants to keep the main OS changes from older devices, they could support new classes by downloading them onto the device with the app that needs them. I am not whining just wondering why it does not happen :-)
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comment Why Apple doesn't “force” the user to update by installing the needed API updates when the user downloads a new app?
@the person that downvoted the question: if you think it's a dumb question please answer it so I understand and you get quick rep :-). If it is outside the scope of the site direct me to the right stackexchange site.
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