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Re: Supported iOS versions for Gospel Library

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:59 am
by Skiflorida
I deleted the older version of GL thinking that might be the problem my older iPad was experiencing while trying to update. Funny thing about it, as I deleted it, I actually thought I might not be able to get it back.

Is there a place where I can download an older version of GL or is it gone for good?

Re: Supported iOS versions for Gospel Library

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:13 pm
by sbradshaw
Skiflorida wrote:I deleted the older version of GL thinking that might be the problem my older iPad was experiencing while trying to update. Funny thing about it, as I deleted it, I actually thought I might not be able to get it back.

Is there a place where I can download an older version of GL or is it gone for good?

Did you check under the Purchased tab in the App Store?

Re: Supported iOS versions for Gospel Library

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:51 am
by bradlywilson
sbradshaw wrote:
Skiflorida wrote:I deleted the older version of GL thinking that might be the problem my older iPad was experiencing while trying to update. Funny thing about it, as I deleted it, I actually thought I might not be able to get it back.

Is there a place where I can download an older version of GL or is it gone for good?

Did you check under the Purchased tab in the App Store?


I am in the same boat. Under the purchased tab when you attempt to install it just says "Gospel Library is not compatible with this iPad". How can we get the older versions installed, maybe using a sync via iTunes or some other alternative way? Anyone know how?

Re: Supported iOS versions for Gospel Library

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:56 am
by bradlywilson
russellhltn wrote:
geysser wrote:Do the general authorities know this. It appears you have taken a most valuable resource away from those who can't afford to upgrade their ipads? This isn't a local issue, it's worldwide.

This isn't really the church's decision.
  • Apple chose to stop issuing iOS updates for those model iPads.
  • Apple has update polices that lock-in the application for those older units and prevents updates.
Once the church has need to update the app, in part to change servers and in part to secure the Church Account login (standards do change), these older devices are left behind.

It's really not the church's choice. If you want to run on Apple's platform, you play by Apple's rules.


Thanks for pointing this out. However it does seem to be partly the Church's choice of SDK. I have not had this issue with any other app. I use for example the Bible app by YouVersion, which has had several updates, or the virtual New Testament app from BYU. I have lots of apps that have similar features to the Gospel Library but function fine on my device. So it appears there would be a means to use a kit or a set of libraries that still work across many iOS versions.
If this is the case I would suggest the developers consider using a different SDK, or stick with the older version of the SDK, or any number of other solutions. As pointed out, this affects Saints worldwide; I don't get a new device because I don't want to, but there are many in the world who simply can't.

Re: Supported iOS versions for Gospel Library

Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:21 pm
by russellhltn
bradlywilson wrote:I have not had this issue with any other app. I use for example the Bible app by YouVersion, which has had several updates, or the virtual New Testament app from BYU. I have lots of apps that have similar features to the Gospel Library but function fine on my device.

But they don't log into into your Church Account. Part of the issue is maintaining security for that account.

Without the Church Account, any notes taken will disappear when the device fails or is replaced.

The bottom line is that this is a user-to-user forum. We have no say in what the church decides to do. I've been told in the past that the product managers are aware of how many users are on older devices.