How many iOS versions should my app support?

Jan 23, 2014

Apple fans eagerly wait for the next iOS version to be released. iOS 7 broke through with innovative design and technology. But now, app owners are wondering how many iOS versions their app should support.

If you, too, are asking the same question, it is important to know that Apple has successfully filled confidence in the followers to adopt new technology. Current iOS versions have a high adoption rate.

In addition, you should also consider the maintenance costs for iOS versions. The maintenance costs would be multiplied for each iOS version that your app supports. As each iOS version needs testing and coding for multiple types of devices, you would need to pay the costs for the same. Hence, if you want to keep your costs low, you would need to minimize how many versions your app supports.

It is important that your app supports iOS 7. If you are planning to build a brand new app, it should support iOS 7. You can determine the iOS adoption rates and go for other versions too. You would get to know the audience and their interests. Your app should cater to the market that is interested in your app.
If you had an app on the App store before iOS 7 was released, it may be sufficient to continue supporting iOS 5 if it already did. You should keep a watch on the user base and make the right decision. If much of your user base uses iOS 5, you should not abandon iOS 5 and let the app keep supporting it. Your app should also support iOS 6 by now (if it isn’t already).

No matter what the development is, your app should support the latest two versions. It may be necessary for your app to support the latest three iOS versions if the new iOS is on the verge of release. There’s no point in supporting the iOS versions that hardly has any users. It would be a waste of time and money.

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