Can't view App Store "Best of 2014" unless you're on iOS 8?!?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by RebornProphet, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. RebornProphet Suspended

    Nov 3, 2013
    I opened the App Store there, my iPad Air is on iOS 7.1.2 (and I won't be upgrading it to iOS 8 any time soon) and when I tried to open the Best of 2014 tab the screen came up but with a warning that I couldn't view the page unless I upgraded to iOS 8.

    So now Apple are closing off certain areas of the App Store unless you upgrade the OS? Bit heavy handed no? Sure you can look up the apps on the list and search for them separately, but this is the first time I've seen this.
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Your device will run ios8 just fine. It's your choice to limit yourself
  3. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
  4. RebornProphet thread starter Suspended

    Nov 3, 2013
    It lags in places it didn't before with identical visual effects. I had my 8.1 Air replaced at the Apple store for one running 7.1.2.

    Slow WiFi was also a major issue on 8.1 (and the reason I cited for grounds for a replacement) but the truth is that the OS is buggy and not as smooth in places as iOS 7, which isn't acceptable.

    Anyway, the topic?


    As does mine. Sadly the iPad Air does not.
  5. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    The guys just answered your topic, you are limiting yourself if you're not upgrading to iOS 8. This happens all the time. When iOS 7 came out, the 3GS couldn't use apps that were updated for iOS 7. This is no different. You decided that performance was more important than features.
  6. RebornProphet, Dec 10, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2014

    RebornProphet thread starter Suspended

    Nov 3, 2013

    I never mentioned being to RUN the apps on the list, I'm saying you don't even get to see the apps on the App Store, the page itself tells you to upgrade to iOS 8 to even look at the Apps on the Best of 2014 list.

    I've looked at the apps on my iPhone 5s running iOS 8 and there's apps in there that require iOS 7 or later or even iOS 6 or later.

    Being forced to install iOS 8 to view a page of apps on the App Store is over kill, especially when the majority of apps on the Best Of list don't even need iOS 8 to install and run them.
  7. vista980622, Dec 10, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2014

    vista980622 macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2012
    All apps mentioned in "BEST OF 2014" section

    For those who don't want to update to iOS 8 (which is a smart choice if you prefer a more responsive os on A5 devices), I've compiled the iTunes Store URL for all apps mentioned in "BEST OF 2014".

    (Tips: You can download these apps in iTunes, then sync to your iOS 7 device if you prefer not to follow these links below, although they are directly from Apple. Works on both iTunes 11 and iTunes 12.)

    App of The Year is Elevate - Brain Training

    Game of the Year is Threes!!/id779157948?mt=8

    Runner-Ups are Hyperlapse from Instagram and Leo's Fortune

    Best Apps:

    Best Games:!/id840811083?mt=8
  8. bransoj macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2013
    In your opinion and taking on board that numerous people have iOS8 running on various devices without issues.
  9. bkends35 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2013
    I actually think my iPad 4 runs 8.1.2 better than it ran 7.1.2.
  10. Richardgm macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2008
    They're trying hard to bump these numbers.

    I will never encourage anyone with an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4S to upgrade. The lag is real.
  11. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Features are dropped with old devices all the time, this should hardly come as a surprise anymore. Earliest example I could think of is the iPhone 3G and iOS 4.
  12. RebornProphet thread starter Suspended

    Nov 3, 2013
    If that's your perception then I'm genuinely happy for you.

    Sadly there are areas where I notice UI lag on my iPad Air on 8.1 versus 7.1.2 ... the usual kool aid drinkers will no doubt line up to tell me it's my iPad.

    Just like it was my Xbox when I notice screen tearing when others can't or the difference betwen 30fps and 60fps.


    It's not a feature, how hard is that for people to get into their skulls? This isn't a case of homescrren wallpaper being disabled on the iPhone 3G or Siri not coming to the iPhone 4.

    This is a simple page on the App Store showing the Best of 2014 apps. If you search for these apps separately they show, and hardly any of them require iOS 8 to install or run.

    They want you to update to iOS 8 to view a page of available apps. Click any other tab on the App Store and you can view them. This specific tab urges users to upgrade to iOS 8 to see a list of apps awarded best of 2014, 99.9% of which run on iOS 6 and 7!
  13. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Funny because both my iPad 2 and iPad mini are on 8.1.1.

    I'd rather have the latest iOS version and features at the cost of some performance hits rather than run a dinosaur like iOS 6 with dying support by developers.

    (Skype no longer works on iOS 6 and Yahoo mail can't even be installed unless you have iOS 8 as an example)
  14. bkends35 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2013
    8.0-8.1 ran terrible on my iPad 4. 8.1.1 was actually a big improvement performance wise hence why I said 8.1.2
  15. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I think it's a disappointing move too. These coercive tactics are becoming a bit annoying. It's not like iOS 8 hasn't had its share of criticism and I would completely understand why some people might not want to update just yet. Many developers still support iOS 7 and it's a fairly egoistic attitude of Apple to ignore these efforts to promote iOS 8.
  16. zedsar macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2014
    I have an original iPad air, and two retina iPad minis in my house, and on 8.1, 8.1.1, and 8.1.2 I have experienced basically no UI Lag (a little in 8.1, but totally gone now. Even in 8.1 it was barely noticeable).

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