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iPad support – new apps or upgrades?

June 1, 2010

Application developers have two main options when it comes to iPad applications. Either produce a completely new application (e.g. Account Tracker “HD”) that will be charged for in the normal way, or produce what is called a “Universal” application that will support the iPad as well as current iPhone and iPod Touch devices. A universal app would typically be an upgrade for existing users.

My initial thoughts on this would be to produce universal updates, to get each of my apps working and taking advantage of the iPad’s bigger screen. However there is a slight issue. The development tools that you need to produce such an application no longer support iPhone OS 2.2.1 or below. If I went down this route, existing users with older iPod Touches would not be able to upgrade at all, and would therefore be stuck at the current versions.

How big an issue is this? All iPhone users can update their iPhone OS free of charge, but there is a nominal charge from Apple for older iPod Touch users (in the UK this is £2.99).

I would welcome your comments, especially if you are running an older iPhone OS version.