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Earlier today, we kept in mind that Apple’s new policy of automatically serving up old versions of apps to individuals benefited the downloader, but not so terrific for the developer. Today, Apple has readjusted its policy and will permit developers to select not to offer old versions.

Apple made the statement on its information site for designers (focus ours):

Previous variations of your apps are now available for re‑download by users who’ve currently purchased them, allowing clients to use your apps with older gadgets which could no longer be supported by the current version of your app. If you don’t want to make these variations readily available, you can manage the availability of your apps’ previous variations in the Rights and Rates section of the Manage Your Apps module in iTunes Connect

The ‘app resurrection’ function is a seamless choice that Apple made it possible for on its App Shop today that permitted users to immediately download editions of apps that work on older iOS variations. In this manner, if a designer started just supporting iOS 7, an individual on iOS 6 might get the ‘last known great’ variation of the app that worked on their device. This was a good addition that should serve individuals olden iPhones and iPods well.

However, in our report, we described the problems that could appear since the function was opaque to developers:

To give you a brief example, any old variation of Your Favorite Twitter Customer that has not been updated to work with the new v1.1 API’ll be very buggy or damaged entirely if you attempt to download it on an old version of iOS.

Sources in the developer neighborhood have verified to us that there’s no option available in Apple’s iTunes Connect dashboard that permits a developer to see which variation of their apps are being served to which iOS variations. That opacity alone has the prospective to confuse client support concerns, as old variations of the app may very well contain insects or concerns that have actually gone un-addressed as developers move on to the most up to date versions of iOS.

But there’s also no chance for developers to re-upload old versions of the apps with those issues dealt with. Put simply, a user on an old variation of iOS could download an app with concerns that are difficult for a developer to ever fix. You can see the headache situation that’s turning up in numerous developer’s minds below.

Now, it appears that Apple has either paid attention to the designers that have actually been bothered with the attribute, or disclosed even more support choices around it. At the time of our initial report, we’d heard that there were no provisions in place or prepared to enable developers any control. So this is welcome news.

There can likewise have been some legal implications below if developers had actually made modifications to old variations due to litigation. If those old versions returned out, they or Apple could be held accountable.

The ability to restrict the variations of the apps that are readily available to download automatically through this attribute is definitely a fantastic addition. The one other possibility we’d discussed would be to permit developers to ‘take care of’ the bugs and issues that can make those old variations work well again and re-upload them. That doesn’t appear to be a part of this adjustment from Apple.

This must go a long way toward easing fears from developers that old, broken versions of their apps would get downloaded, opening the door for unhappy users to leave bad evaluations based upon those old apps.

H/t Josh Ong.