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Can iTunes handle multiple versions of same app iPhone 3G

Now that iTunes, iOS, and iDevices have been around long enough for users to have multiple devices on multiple iOS versions, is Apple doing anything to allow users to run multiple versions of the same app through iTunes?

 

Case in point I have an older iPhone running iOS-5 with a few apps that are now running exclusively on iOS-7, my new iPhone is on iOS-7. Once I sync my new phone with the updated versions of the app, iTunes usually dumps the old version into the trash bin. But what if I need that older version to continue running it on my iOS-5 iPhone?

 

Is there a workaround for this? I've considered using an old PC as my base computer for sycning the new iPhone, but I still fear that the new app updates will go to all devices running on my iTunes account through iCloud.

 

If Apple doesn't address this problem at some point then as the years go by certain iDevices will eventually become completely useless even if they are a fully functional piece of electronics.

 

(spare me the "that's their plan, corporate greed" replies).

 

Thanks in advance!


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2013-11-14 00:19:13

Can iTunes handle multiple versions of same app iPhone 3G

Jason_Lsn wrote:

 

Now that iTunes, iOS, and iDevices have been around long enough for users to have multiple devices on multiple iOS versions, is Apple doing anything to allow users to run multiple versions of the same app through iTunes?

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No.

 

Case in point I have an older iPhone running iOS-5 with a few apps that are now running exclusively on iOS-7, my new iPhone is on iOS-7. Once I sync my new phone with the updated versions of the app, iTunes usually dumps the old version into the trash bin. But what if I need that older version to continue running it on my iOS-5 iPhone?

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Do not update the app, or

delete the app from iPhone and iTunes. Put the app from trash back to iTunes and sync.

 

Is there a workaround for this? I've considered using an old PC as my base computer for sycning the new iPhone, but I still fear that the new app updates will go to all devices running on my iTunes account through iCloud.

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You can choose the app for update individually.

In iPhone's Settings > iTunes & App Store > AUTOMATIC DOWNLOADS > Updates: OFF

 

If Apple doesn't address this problem at some point then as the years go by certain iDevices will eventually become completely useless even if they are a fully functional piece of electronics.

Your Apple devices will function as it's meant to be, but is not future proof. The old hardware will one day be obsolete, that's the nature of any electronic devices.


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2013-11-14 00:19:13

Can iTunes handle multiple versions of same app iPhone 3G

"Your Apple devices will function as it's meant to be, but is not future proof. The old hardware will one day be obsolete, that's the nature of any electronic devices."

 

Yeah well the entire concept of the iPhone/iPad/iPod is based around apps. And these devices could be a bit more "future proof" if they allowed older devices to retain and sync their older app versions.

 

And I know technology and Apple will keep moving foward with new software, but it would be nice to be able to retain the functionality of the devices we paid for. My device won't continue to "function as it's meant to be" when half the apps I use on it get automatically wiped by iTunes.

 

Does anyone know if creating another user account on my Mac with the same iTunes account will allow different versions of apps to sync separatly between them?


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