I am sure many of us are running into this issue. We purchased iOS devices 4-5 years ago for campuses. They cannot be updated to iOS7…some not even to iOS5 or iOS6. What can we do with these devices?
The big headache on my campuses are the iPod Touch 2nd Gen devices. They can only update to 4.2.1…and I was struggling through iTunes trying to find apps that will still run on the old operating systems. Then out of nowhere a prayer was answered. I ran across a site that is already set up to help with just such an issue: iOSSearch created by Michael Ackerman.
The entire link is https://sites.google.com/site/iossearch/…and it is saving me TONS of time. It is very easy to use. You can also add your own search options to narrow down your results.
First, click the drop down option and select your device. You can add some additional search topics initially if you want. Some suggestions would be “Free”, “Math”, “Science”, a more specific term such as “Adverbs”, or even age levels.
You results will populate. If you didn’t add extra filtering options the first time, you can add them here as well to help narrow your results. Use commas to separate your terms. Placing them in quotes will search specifically for that term in the title or description of the app.
Your search results will populate for you. Notice in the results you will find the extra terms you added as well as the operating system the app runs on. Click on one of the results and you will be taken to an iTunes preview page.
The preview page will give you a more detailed description of the app as well as screenshots. If you like what you see, click the “view in iTunes” option and it will open directly to the app in the app store. From there you can download it and add it to your devices.
Happy app hunting!