I have MidiBridge on three devices, spanning iOS 5.1.1 (3rd gen iPod Touch), 6.1 (4th gen iPod Touch) and 7.1.1 (iPad3 - not updating, for now). I see the current page for it on the app store website now says it requires iOS 7, but I haven't had it on anything for very long, so until fairly recently, it was still available for iOS 5.
What would happen if I accidentally pressed the Update button for MidiBridge in the App Store app, in iOS 5.1.1 or iOS 6.1? Would I immediately lose the version I have? Some apps, including MidiBridge, show an Update button in the list of Purchased apps, though not in the Updates list.
I'm getting very nervous about updating apps on iOS devices. I now have a couple on my 3rd generation iPod Touch that appear to be permanently downloading, and if I tap on them, they start downloading again, but never finish, so I can't use them.
I understand that you don't support those versions of iOS any more, but some companies allow us to download an older version, for older versions of iOS. Do you do that?
I'm sure Apple would like us to throw away devices that still work just fine, and waste money on new ones to replace them, but not all of us are prepared to do that. Buy a new one, maybe; scrap the old one, no. If apps I've bought become unusable due to an update killing them, I'm likely to lose faith in the developer, not just Apple.
I'm pretty sure if you hit the 'update' button that it will tell you the latest version is for a later version of iOS and might prompt you to download latest version for the devices's iOS (which you probably already have). Long and short of it, I don't think anything nasty would happen, but don't hold me to that.
The new iOS7/8 version of MidiBridge has a couple of minor bugfixes (that affected only a small number of people) and of course the iOS7/8 UI support, but other than that there is no difference between v1.58 (compatible to iOS4.3) and v.1.59 (recently updated version, iOS7+ only).
Apple will let you install an older version of MidiBridge on a new device with iOS < 7 - it will deliver 1.58 to that device.
I guess I should look into backing up apps and restoring them manually. That no doubt has problems of its own, but it's another thing I can try if it all goes wrong.
As it turns out, installing older versions of apps can stall, and that's what's happened to my 3rd gen iPod Touch. I found some advice for a similar problem, involving deleting the contents of the Downloads folder shown in iExplore (PC version). That didn't immediately help, but deleting them, twice, afterwards, from the iOS home page, did let me start again, and successfully download them.
I can't help wondering if Apple has a small but dedicated team trying to put us off keeping our older devices working, by constantly finding new ways to **** them up for us.
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BTW. You're not wrong about Apple wanting to move us all into buying new hardware as much as possible. To develop apps you now *must* have MacOS X Mavericks and pretty much your machine needs to be less than 3 years old, so you are forced to buy more hardware and upgrade the operating system even though the hardware/os you have might be perfectly fine for everything else.
The machine that runs my office (vpn, pabx, email, fileserver, firewall, ntp, dns, X10 automation) runs 24/7 and was manufactured in 1999. I could copy a binary executable off that machine to a brand spanking new model and know that it would run. That's from a company that takes reliability and backward compatibility seriously. (It's a Sun Netra T1 running Solaris for anyone mildy interested).
What model iPod touch is it and what version of iOS are you running? What happens when you try to download it onto your iPod Touch?
Apple introduced the 'download most recent compatible version' within the last year or so but I think you need at least iOS 4 or 5 for this to work. MidiBridge 1.58 would run on iOS3 even (although it would only be useful if you have a Line6 Midi Mobilizer I) but only if Apple will support your device/iOS version for that feature.
Definitely make sure that your iPod Touch is running the highest version of iOS that it will support.
If upping your iOS version still won't play ball with the App Store, then you can obtain a refund via iTunes' 'Report a problem' option.
That combination is definitely supported. I just tried it myself on an iPod 4G running iOS6 and when I went to download it I got a message saying 'This app requires iOS7.0 would you like to download the most recent compatible version?'. I said Yes and it downloaded and installed version 1.58 (which is correct).
Yeah, I encountered this too with a different app. In the end the only way I found to get around it was to purchase the app using an iOS 7 device or iTunes on a Mac or PC and then go back to the older device and then it will be available in the App Store on that device for download without that annoying message.
Thanks! Worked perfectly. Would not have thought to try that.
A big THANK YOU for supporting older devices. There are a lot of us who still use them for a multitude of valid reasons. Apple, et al, are making that increasingly difficult to impossible.
RE: iTunes, AppStore, Apple, etc., always remember: "It just works"... Maybe in the pre-OS-X days it did, lol. Disclaimer: You can safely ignore all that if you're not old enough to remember that windows-bashing ad campaign :-)