Don't laugh when I call myself a fanboy and then say that I have an iPod Touch 3G running iOS 5.1.1. Yeah, its terrible for my image as a fanboy, and yeah, its terrible for developing on iOS.
But, my point is that you are trolling me. And, I don't like it.
This is what is posted on the iOS 6 page on your site:
iOS 6 doesn't support my device. That's fine. I get it, you have to move on.
When my friends complain about this, I'm the first to defend you. You're not going to handicap your mobile OS just to support legacy hardware1. And, you shouldn't.
When I get an iPhone when my contract expires, I'm going to love that you look forward.
But, I'm not loving that you troll me. You give me false hope.
You see, you list apps which require iOS 6 as being compatible with the iPod Touch 3G.
So, there are sad times when I open an app's page in the App Store on my iPod, touch the BUY APP button, and am told to update my device.
For example, last night I set out on a search for an app.net client for my iPod Touch.
When I went to purchase each, I was confronted with:
Oh Apple, why would you do this?
iOS 6 requires iPod Touch 4+. Felix for App.net requires iOS 6. Ergo, Felix for App.net is not compatible with iPod Touch 3G.
Yet, you list Felix for App.net as available for my iPod Touch 3G.
Even worse is that you're asking me to do something impossible - upgrade my iPod Touch to a firmware (iOS 6 for iPod Touch 3G) which does not exist. If it did, I would love it. But, it doesn't.
Every time that I set out to purchase an app that I've heard about, and it tells me to update to iOS 6, it breaks my heart.
Please fix this. The same way that apps that require a camera aren't available on the App Store on an iPod Touch 3G, neither should apps requiring iOS 6.
On the HN thread eridius suggested that I file a bug report with Apple. And so, I have. Now for a response....
But, why support iOS 6 on the iPhone 3GS and not on the iPod Touch 3G? The iPod Touch came out after the iPhone - its more recent. ↩