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Restrict iPhone 3GS

02-14-2013, 11:59 AM
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Restrict iPhone 3GS

Is there anyway to release an universal app but prevent iPhone 3GS users from purchasing and installing it? Our game doesn't work very well in lower resolutions but run fine on iPhone 4 and above, as well as iPad 1.

Would be a shame to block all iPhone users just because of a device that maybe 5% will be using, but on the other hand I don't want to risk people paying for something that is pretty much unusable and leave bad reviews...

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02-14-2013, 12:32 PM
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BlackRider on StackOverflow says:

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You can specify in your app's device capabilities that it requires a front-facing camera and/or a gyroscope. iPhone 3GS has neither of those things.

See this article: http://www.appsbynight.com/2012/02/2...r-ios-devices/

Keep in mind that there may be some risk of Apple taking issue with you requiring the front-facing camera if you don't actually use it in your app. Or maybe they won't care. I guess it's a bit of a lottery.
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1...-on-iphone-3gs

02-14-2013, 04:29 PM
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This would mean cutting iPad 1 support as well.

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02-15-2013, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by skullbang View Post
This would mean cutting iPad 1 support as well.
No big deal. It's an underpowered device too.
02-14-2013, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by bramblett05 View Post
Leave big warning signs that say don't not download on this device or write apple the description I believe
Cheers. You can't change the description based on device though right, it would just have to be a warning that is visible for everyone?

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02-14-2013, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by skullbang View Post
Cheers. You can't change the description based on device though right, it would just have to be a warning that is visible for everyone?
That's right. You just have to say that while it is compatible for all devices, the app may not run as well on the older ones (i.e. iPhone 3GS).