Can pre-iPhone 5 devices run iPhone 5 apps

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by swingerofbirch, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I can see how the iPhone 5 runs apps not optimized for its display: they are letterboxed.

    But what about developers like the ones shown in the keynote who developed brand new apps for the iPhone 5 display with completely different user interfaces. Will they have to maintain a separate version of the app for older iOS devices? Will those older versions be packaged with the new versions, a la a universal app? I would think that would be needed in case you have two different screen-size iOS devices syncing with the same computer. And what about brand new apps—will developers be allowed to create apps that are only compatible with the iPhone 5?

    I would think Apple would try to compel developers to have dual versions given that Apple is still selling the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and 4th generation iPod touch.

    I thought Apple would have addressed these questions like they have during other transitions.
  2. Frasern1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2011
    North Carolina
    I was wondering the same thing...they didn't talk about it at all during the keynote. I am sure they have it figured out somehow though.

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