Somewhere between September and November roughly, we are likely to release Roomie 2.0. As previously announced, iOS 5 support will be removed from that as part of the regular annual move supporting two major iOS releases simultaneously. As iOS 7 is a major migration, it is very important we take that step.
Last year when iOS 4 was removed, we issued a note to save the IPA file. While that method works fine, users who didn’t know or didn’t know how were left without a way to run Roomie on the original 3G and iPod Touch 3.
This year, the device affected by the removal of iOS 5 is the iPad 1. We have a tentative idea on how to make the situation a bit better this year:
Release a new app, “Roomie for iOS 5”. The way we might do that may be as an all-inclusive version of 1.9.3. As there would be no upgrades, we might discount it to around $24.95 US and it would include all of the in-app purchases that are separate in the normal Roomie product ($60 US). All or most functionality would be disabled on iOS 6 and 7 and the app might not even run on iOS 7. iCloud and L5 support would also need to be removed for technical reasons. Those who keep their current 1.9.3 IPA file would of course be able to continue to use that as needed. Those who don’t would at least have an option available on the App Store for iOS 5.
Basically, what we’re wondering is whether there is enough interest in ongoing iOS 5 support to create an app for it. We can’t use the existing app to handle iOS 5 as that is what users have invested in and it must be upgraded to iOS 7, so it would have to be a new app. If there is not enough interest or the plan doesn’t seem appealing, we will be proceeding as planned removing iOS 5. Make sure to save your IPA file regardless right now if you will be needing iOS 5 support.