Disappointed that IOS 12 is needed

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Disappointed that IOS 12 is needed

Postby grahamf72 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:49 pm

So I got a notification this morning that the app was available, so jumped on to download it. I went to install it on the kids phones, to discover it needed IOS 12. My kids get the old phones after my wife and I upgrade. There’s an iPhone 5 and 2 iPhone 4s’s, and none of them can use the app. Surely we aren’t the only household that doesn’t regularly buy new iPhones for our kids, but just gives them the older phones. Looking at the phones the other kids in the ward bring to classes, they are mostly all in the same boat - mostly using old iPhone 4/5 models.

The app is aimed at Children and Youth, but unless they are lucky enough to have a latest model phone they can’t use it. I’m certainly not going to go out and buy $1000 new phones for all the kids. The decision to target only the most recent iPhones is a major design failure.

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Re: Disappointed that IOS 12 is needed

Postby russellhltn » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:22 am

grahamf72 wrote:The decision to target only the most recent iPhones is a major design failure.

If I'm reading the charts right, the newest unsupported device was discontinued almost 5 and a half years ago. That's quite a bit of time for a mobile device.

There are a number of technical issues that come up. This app needs to communicate securely with church servers, so the OS has to be able to support API and protocols that do what they want it to do and are still considered secure.

Even if possible, trying to support an older version adds that much more to coding, development and testing. As it was, the app was about a month late. How much time should be spent to support an OS that is likely to be a non-issue in 6-12 months as opposed to "future proofing" it by using modern coding? That time is not free.
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Re: Disappointed that IOS 12 is needed

Postby sbradshaw » Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:53 am

The Gospel Living app is not a requirement for the Children and Youth program. However, not all leaders understand that – so there might be some education required to make sure that announcements or other things get out to all of the youth, including those who don't have the Gospel Living app.
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