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Will my Ipad 1st Gen become Obsolete as of Feb 2013

1054 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 18, 2013 8:38 PM by MichelPM RSS
Kitschy Koo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 18, 2013 6:50 PM

Due to the apple deadline of making all apps ios7 ready by febuary will this mean that my Ist gen ipad will become 80% uselss,

Since the 1st gens can not update past ios5. I know with previous iphones any apps that funtion at a lower ios will not work.

Will this be the same for my ipad?

iPad, iOS 5.1.1
  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,370 points)

    As I understand it, the february rule is that all apps must be iOS7 compliant. There's no rule limiting backwards compatibility so its up to the individual developer to maintain compatibility....or not, as they wish.

  • SergZak Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)

    No one knows what the future holds. If you have apps that you are currently running on your 1st gen iPad, BACK THEM UP. They, along with your iPad will still work as they did, regardless of what happens in the future. Within iTunes, simply drag the apps you wish to archive to the drive/folder of your choosing.

  • lizdance40 Level 4 Level 4 (1,920 points)
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    Dec 18, 2013 7:03 PM (in response to SergZak)

    Yes.   Research in the App Store before you update. I updated iBooks in my library. Now I can't use it on my older iPod touch.

  • SergZak Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)

    About all you can possibly do is backup all the apps you are currently running on your iPad 1st gen from iTunes as I mentioned above. I wouldn't count on the app developers to keep working copies of older apps available. Apple does not even seem to be following this app archival as mentioned by lizdance40 above with the iBooks example. They should be offering the old version of iBooks for download on older devices but apparently, they are not. Of course you will not be able to run new versions of apps since they will require the newer iOS. Be proactive, backup your apps and you should be fine until you decide to upgrade to a new iPad.

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,205 points)

    Kitschy Koo wrote:


    I just know that I have friends who have tried to use their old 3gen iphones when they had phones stolen or lost. and they couldnt get facebook or instagram or anything like that to load because of the app limitations and they also could not download 90% of the apps on the market. and this is my fear for the ipad 1st gens

    Not completely true or accurate.

    There are still many apps that are backward compatible with iOS 5 and, with a quick search of The App Store, I found apps that are still backward compatible with iOS 4.

    It it is up to each app developer if an app will continue to be backward compatible with earlier iOS versions or not.

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,205 points)

    My search was


    iPad apps iOS 5.


    I got varied results, too, but still found apps that were still backward compatible all the way back to iOS 4.

    I am making the point that your 80% of the apps available for the iPad will not work is an exaggeration.

    There are over 500,000 iPad specific apps. Not all of these are going to just be for iPads running iOS 6 or 7.

    It may just be that the apps you need may or may not be backward compatible.

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,205 points)

    Another place to look in The App Store for iOS 5 compatible apps is the Top paid apps, Free apps and Top grossing apps. I found a lot of iOS 5 or greater compatible apps there, as well.


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