Amazon Pushes Mandatory Update for Kindle iOS App Ahead of iOS 7 Launch

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amazon has released a "mandatory" update to its Kindle app for iOS devices, informing users that not updating the app to the latest version may cause a loss of books and account registration upon upgrade to Apple's upcoming iOS 7 mobile operating system.

    iOS 7 is expected to be released shortly after the announcement of Apple's refreshed iPhone line at the company's media event tomorrow, with the updated operating system featuring a new design and numerous other tweaks. Kindle is a free app and can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Amazon Pushes Mandatory Update for Kindle iOS App Ahead of iOS 7 Launch
  2. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Good for Amazon, really. They're proactively telling people to update so we don't lose our books. I can respect that. I wish it had come slightly sooner than the 11th hour so folks can see these articles posted on the web, but better late than never.

    Edit: I just checked and I'm not being forced to update when the app launches on my iPad 3 running iOS 6 but it does show in updates through the app store.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2010
    Yeah, nice to see Amazon proactive. Although it's still probably another week or so away so hopefully people should get to know about it before iOS7 launched to the general public. The GM seed is likely to be available tomorrow but not the public version.
  4. macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2013
    Yes. The upcoming iOS7 OS. I wonder if I need a PIN number. And where can I find an ATM machine?
  5. macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    Good for you.
  6. macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    The wording in this article is a bit misleading and alarmist. I wouldn't consider having to type in your username and password and download books again the same as "a loss of books and account registration".
  7. macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2009
    Indianapolis, IN
    BTW, I have been using the Beta's including Beta 6 and have not been able to download books for weeks. Even after updating I still had the problem of "Download" error on all books.

    But once I went into settings and deregistered my iPad 3 and then re-registered it all is well again. So you may have to take this step to get it working again. I did.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    The sick part is that companies like Amazon and Apple are not offering legacy support so books and other media you buy will be lost to you when they decide to upgrade to the new hardware/OS and leave you behind. These companies have monopolies on their data sets and should be required by law to continue supporting all the old hardware and OSs.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2007
    How do you figure that? Every book I've purchased from Apple still works on my old iPhone 3GS, on the iPad 2 and the iBooks app on Mavericks. Nothing I bought in the past is inaccessible to me.
  10. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    Personal Identification Number Number...

    Automated Teller Machine Machine....

    Operating System upgrade...

    Which does not belong???

    Operating systems can be upgraded...
  11. macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    He's going on about how if someone is stuck on iOS 5 or 6 at one point, that the Kindle software won't be installable down the road on those devices after a few updates.

    Spotify overcame this by keeping a separate iOS 4 app for download.

    If you're serious about eBooks, you'll want to look into Calibre. Not just to protect your investment into them, but so you're not stuck to using one app to read them. I use Freda+ on my Windows Phone, Marvin on my iPad, and iBooks/Kitabu on Mavericks.

    It also gives you a wider choice in device selection. You don't have to stick to Amazon Kindles, Nooks, Kobos, etc.
  12. macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2013
    iOS OS = Operating System operating system...
  13. RMo
    macrumors 65816

    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    I think that's why "mandatory" is in quotation marks. It's just something Amazon is saying you need to do, not something they're enforcing. And that's good, since not everyone running the latest app on iOS 6 will be upgrading to iOS 7 anyway.
  14. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    If we're really going to be pedantic...

    The term was "iOS 7 OS upgrade".

    The "OS" belongs with "upgrade", not with "iOS 7".

    The "OS upgrade" known as iOS 7.

    There's no redundancy here.
  15. macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2013
    Mmm, yes, I do see what you mean...

    So saying "iOS 7 upgrade" doesn't work because everyone is still on iOS 6...? Or would that phrase never technically work?
  16. macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    "Requires iOS 5.0 or later"... Thus shutting out my iPhone 3G.

    Mandatory upgrades should not shut out devices to retain existing functionality. Period.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2011
    Wait, what are you complaining about? The update is necessary if going to iOS7. I don't think you're doing that on your 3G.
  18. macrumors 68030


    Still, am I the only one somewhat leery about so-called "mandatory" updates, where under the guise of necessity, possibly other functionality mainly serving them, is added? Nah… we'll just have to trust them.
  19. macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Okay, misread that to say it applies to ALL Kindle app users. *whew*. (the 3G isn't my primary phone, but it when going on trips, I use it for reading since in Airplane mode the battery lasts a long time.)

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