When iOS 7 came out, it was a striking pivot from every version that came before it. Its redesign ended the era of realistic imitation and ushered in the stark, layered interface we’ve all become so familiar with. Love it or hate it, it made its mark.
It’s hard to believe that iOS 7 was released almost three years ago now, and although we know there are still people out there who are using it, we cannot continue to support it effectively. Later this month, when we release version 10.1, forScore will require iOS 8 or later.
There’s no perfect time to end support for older versions of an operating system, and we appreciate that there are valid reasons to not want to upgrade. Sadly, Apple’s latest developer tools (the ones required to support iOS 10) cannot compile and run code on devices using iOS 7 or earlier, so we’d be selling a product we can’t test. We won’t take that risk.
Fortunately, every device that can run iOS 7 can also run iOS 9 (and most will be capable of running iOS 10 as well), so we’re not ending support for any iPad hardware. Older versions of forScore will continue to run as is, of course, and Apple will even allow users who purchased forScore 10.0.4 or earlier to re-download and install that version on their iOS 7 devices at any time.
We’re excited to continue pushing forward, to take advantage of all the latest and greatest features, to benefit from critical security and stability improvements, and to support incredible new hardware on day one. Closing the chapter on iOS 7 lets us do exactly that.