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Mac App Store Now Allows Old App Downloads

22 October 2013 3,593 views No Comment

In a letter to Mac developers, Apple has announced a significant change in Mac App Store policy — users can now download older versions of apps for Macs that aren’t OS X Mavericks compatible. That said, the mothership seems to have learned from the mistakes it made when adopting a similar “last compatible version” on the iOS App Store policy.

Dear Software Simian,

Users who have already purchased your Mac app are now able to download previous versions, allowing them to use your app with Macs that may no longer be supported by OS X Mavericks.

If you do not want previous versions of your app to be available for download as a previous purchase, for example due to a usability or legal issue, you can manage their availability in the Rights and Pricing section of the Manage Your Apps module on iTunes Connect. To exclude a specific version, click “Manage iCloud download settings for this app.” For more information on managing previous versions, see the iTunes Connect Developer Guide or contact us.


The App Store team

When Apple rolled the “last compatible version” policy out to the iOS App Store, developers were caught unaware and without recourse. Yes, Apple tweaked the policy to make things right, but folks naturally we peeved nonetheless.

This time ’round, however, Apple offers devs the ability to tweak app availability, pricing, support, etc via “Manage iCloud download…”, all of which are good things…

What’s your take?

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