One advantage that the iOS platform has over Android is the fact updates are normally released at the same time, which stops the fragmentation that the Android platform often sees. For one reason or another though not every iOS user updates to the latest operating system released by Apple. We now have news of owner frustration as iOS devices running 3.1.3 are blocked from the App Store.
SlashGear are reporting that users that still have the older version of iOS on their devices have found themselves blocked from getting software from the App Store. Many owners have been complaining about the situation, with no official fix on route.
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Users have taken to the Apple support forums and are affecting iPhone’s and iPod Touches still running iOS 3.1.3. They are unable to download free or paid apps, rate apps, view official screenshots, and send details to others by using the tell a friend option.
The issue first come to light after a December 16th update that left owners only being able to update already installed applications, without being able purchase any new ones. The timing of the problems has come at a bad time as we fast approaching the holiday shutdown. App Store staff begin an eight day break from this coming Thursday, which will mean no new apps are added and charts are frozen.
For any developers that are fortunate enough to get their apps in the charts in time can mean some big rewards. This often leads to some cut price apps being offered and could lead to some users with 3.1.3 missing out. They could always purchase them via iTunes and then sync them to their device. Currently Apple hasn’t acknowledged the problems with the older iOS software.
Have you had any issues if you still run iOS 3.1.3?