Neat Trick - How to install new iOS version apps on older iPads
I know this has nothing to do with GPS but it's such a neat solution to what is probably a common problem I thought I'd share it with you.

If you have an older model iPad, when you try and install apps you may get a message saying that you can't because you don't have the latest version of iOS.

I was trying to install an app (Navfree France - See! It does have something to do with GPS) on a friend's iPad 1 which is the same model as we have. On hers it said "bugger off". On mine it said "would you like to install an older version?"

I researched it and I found the solution below.

Requirements for Downloading an Older Version of an App

To be able to download an older "legacy" version of an app, a few conditions must be met:

* You must have purchased/downloaded the app before
* The app must have supported your older iOS or OS X version at one time
* You must be running iOS 4.2 or later, or OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or later

If you are attempting to download the app for the first time, the App Store will not offer the download of an older version. You must already own the app for the older version to be offered.

If you do not already own the app, one workaround is to purchase/download the app from the iTunes Store on a Mac or PC using the same Apple ID you are using on your iOS device. The app will then be associated with your account and you should then be offered an older version if you attempt to download the app again on the iOS device.

The app must also have supported your iOS version at one time in the past. For example, if the very first version of an app required iOS 6.0, and never had an iOS 5-compatible version, you would not be able to install it on an iOS 5 device.
Ken in Regina
So if I understand the process correctly, if you get on a Mac or PC with iTunes and purchase the desired app, the iTunes store can't check to see what version of IOS it's for (since you are logging in from an OS X or Windows device) . So it will essentially flag it for "any" version of IOS.

Then you can go ahead and install it to your IOS device, so long as the app has a version available for it.



I haven't used it to install Navfree on my ex's iPad 1 yet. I emailed her the instructions but she says it doesn't work. I put that down to her not doing it properly. I will see her on Sunday, with current's OK.

I have been successful installing several free comic book reader apps that I wanted to test. Initially they said they required a newer version of iOS but after I had "bought" them in iTunes, when I went back to the iPad I was offered the older version.

My ex is going to Europe. She was going to take several bulky travel books with her.

The reason I was researching comic book apps is so my ex can use them to view self created travel books.

Digital camera
Camera stand
Set up above book
Turn page
Repeat for n pages

Combine all photos into a zip file with a .CBZ extension.

Load .CBZ file into comic book reader app (approximate process as I don't have iPad to hand as I write this):

Select required app

I recommend the CloudReaders app.

You can flick between pages, ie photos, and zoom and scroll. Zoom level is remembered between pages, which photo viewing software doesn't do, AFAIK.

If you are zoomed into bottom right corner say when you move to next page it views top left corner. I would prefer it to stay in same position on new page as it was on previous page.

ComicFlow app is OK but you can't move to next page while zoomed, AFAIK, which is a problem.

I believe this technique is only slightly grey regarding copyright as long as you use it for books that you own. You probably need to wear a patch over one eye and have a parrot on your shoulder if you do it with library books.
Ken in Regina
That's a slick way to "compress" your paper travel book into an e-book for portability!!

I'm not an iPerson although I must maintain some awareness because I bought my wife an iPad Mini a year ago. But the general principle should be applicable in the Android environment. Possibly easier because it's usually easier to side-load content for readers and such in Android.

I know I could take it a step further if desirable. I found an OCR app for Android that will OCR camera images. It actually works quite well. It even has a feature to de-skew the image first, thus increasing the conversion accuracy. So textual content could actually be converted back to textual content. The advantage of the extra work would be that it becomes searchable if your reader app contains a search feature.

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