An Apple decision to allow users to download the "last-known compatible version" of an application might be consumer friendly, but it presents a mixed bag for developers, they say. Though developers can port to iOS 7 knowing older versions still can be in the market, "[t]he likelihood of any complex app, especially anything API driven, working after several years of neglect are slim. Those that do work may be incredibly unreliable and buggy," says Dragon Forged's Kyle Richter, who predicts the old apps will require more care and feeding, and could lead to poor consumer reviews.

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