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Why isn't iOS 4.3 available for iPod Touch 2nd generation ?

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Recently, I attempted to install on my iPod, a simple calculator from the App Store. I know that my iPod already has a calculator. However, I prefer a calculator that uses RPN (Reverse Polish Notation).


PCalc RPN Calculator would satisfy my needs. However, this app requires iOS 4.3 or later. Unfortunately, the current operating system on my iPod is iOS 4.2.1.


I don't think that my iPod Touch is very old. I bought it in August 2009. So, I'm wondering why doesn't Apple make iOS 4.3 available for users like me.


Thank you

iPod touch, iOS 4.2
  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,245 points)

    The second gen ipod is 4 generations old and was released in 2008. 


    It is completely normal that older hardware will not be able to handle newer software.


    This happens with cars, computer, dvd players, phones, tv's and most any ohter software driven products.  This is nothing unusual at all.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)

    Apple does accommodate clients as best it can. At some point, however, they have to stop providing updates for earlier hardware; either the hardware just won't support the newer OS or it's no longer fiscally feasible for further updates to be provided. Apple actually tends to support iPods longer than many manufacturers of similar devices do. Your iPod received two major operating system upgrades and many minor ones which brought a number of new features that were not promised when you bought the iPod, and that's all any reasonable person could expect.


    That the calculator app you want to buy no longer supports the older version of iOS was a choice made by the app developer. They didn't have to drop support for the earlier version. Paraphrasiing what you said, I can't figure out how a calculator application should require a new version of iOS. There are, however, a number of other RPN calculator apps available and at least some still support early versions of iOS, including one that is free and has gotten good reviews (Free42). Perhaps one of those would suit you.




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