twitter has recently updated its iOS app and the update includes a small obituary. According to a message in the update of the app, Twitter kills support for all iPhones and iPads running on iOS 9 or the lower version of the operating system.
First reported by TechCrunch, Twitter sees this as an attempt to streamline app development for all its customers.
Note, this does not mean that if you have a device running on iOS 8 you can not access the app. End of support simply means that if you do not use iOS 10 or higher, your Twitter app will no longer receive app updates.
Furthermore, the end of support for older versions of the operating system also means a faster roll-out of new functions that are compatible with the new technology in the latest versions.
However, according to tables of apteligent, this seems only 4.5 percent iOS users still use iOS 9, so in reality it does not seem that too many people will be affected.
Such moves are much easier with the Apple platform, since the whole ecosystem is so close, that it offers fast platform updates all the time. iOS 10 was released in 2016 and iPhone and iPad users are now preparing for the move to iOS 12.
Having said this, this is not really a unique move, because many apps streamline their updates by limiting the upgrade to the latest version of the operating system.
However, this announcement is relevant, given that Twitter recently discontinued support for many versions of the TweetDeck client app, closed the Twitter for Mac app, ended support for legacy APIs, and now also a small number of iOS – shakes off users.
In the best sense, this can be understood as their attempt to concentrate on a limited audience to provide a better service.
For devices running on iOS 10 and above, the Twitter app has been updated with rotor support for links within tweets, improved voice over functionality on iOS 11, and better support for Braille. There are also some improvements to the tweet composer, the start timeline and direct messages.
With this update, the iOS app has now reached version 7.30 and has a size of about 106 MB.