grahamf72 wrote:Kind of missing the point. The parents get the phones free with a phone plan. I have never bought a phone, it is always part of the phone plan (which I have to have anyway). Upgrade when the contract runs out (typically after 2-3 years), and give the old phone to the kids to use on wifi (very few are actually connected to a mobile phone plan).
These phones the kids have cost the parents nothing. Makes no difference whether it’s iOS or Android, (it seems iOS actually has a longer support path than most android devices anyway). I look at the families in my ward, and knowing the jobs they have, there is only a handful that would be in a position to buy their kid’s even a second-hand newish phone to run the app. Especially when you multiply by 3-5 kids. And guess what - that handful of families are the ones whose kids do have newer devices to run the app.
Maybe in your isolated wealthy part of the world it’s normal for kids to have brand new phones, and “just go and buy one” is a normal thing to do, but not everywhere.
An app targeted to kids, that only works with the newest phones, is a design failure. Maybe ok for wealthy areas, but a failure in areas with lower demographics. It can even foster an “us and them” attitude which is very much a negative. Sure it isn’t a requirement to have the app, but those who don’t are behind the 8-ball.
You don't need the "newest" phones to use the app. You just need a device that was introduced within the last six
years. Apple does a pretty great job of older devices supporting newer operating systems, but it's not reasonable to expect older hardware to always support the newest operating systems. Apple actually dropped support for 32 bit apps back in 2017 and since then all apps are required to be 64 bit. So that means devices older than the 5s can't run any newly released app, anyway. For reference, here are the devices that can run iOS 12 or newer:
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS Max
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6 Plus
You can find an iPhone 5s for next to nothing these days considering it was introduced way back in 2013.