A few days ago I purchased an app called "Skeptic's Dictionary" for $0.99. After it installed, I went to open it and it immediately closed. After 2 days worth of troubleshooting to fix it, as well as emailing the app's developer, I came to the conclusion that it's not compatible with Verizon's iOS, which is 4.2.8. The app's developer, in no uncertain terms, basically said it's designed to run on iOS 4.3, which is the latest version of iOS and what AT&T's iPhones have, but not Verizon's. This app was released at the very end of March, so it wasn't around prior or 4.3. Do a Google search, you'll see that Verizon's iPhone's iOS is behind.
Anyways, from what I've read online, Apple sent letters to app developers explaining this and asked them to update their apps to run on both iOS 4.2 and 4.2.8. Obviously this one did not and now I'm out $0.99. Not a whole lot, but it's still money. If I had known about this issue before purchasing this app, I never would've purchased it and instead could've used that $0.99 on an app that I could use. I know iTunes doesn't give refunds, I don't care. If it had been a $5+ app, then I'd be pretty mad, but whatever. I'm now hesitant on purchasing anymore apps because of this; I don't want to waste money on an app that I have no clue if it'll work or not since I don't have the most recent iOS on my phone.
Anyways, my questions:
1) Does this developer have to update his app to work on iOS 4.2.8? Given Apple's strict App & App Store policy, I'm surprised this app managed to slip by them since it doesn't work on Verizon's iPhones, which make up a LOT of the iPhone user base. Should I send iTunes an email letting them know about this app's issue? If I do, will they do anything about it?
2) Is Verizon going to get iOS 4.3 at all? It came out in March and it's now July.
3) Has anyone else with a Verizon iPhone had the misfortune of downloading an app that doesn't work because it's not compatible with anything below iOS 4.3?