LowerInstall for iOS is a jailbreak tweak that lets you download and install incompatible apps onto older versions. Through a Cydia install, the said tweak is available for jailbroken iOS devices. Here are the details on what it’s capable of. This app will essentially remove some frustrations where device owners otherwise not possible to do.
iOS device owners have tried to install an iOS app only find out that its minimum firmware target is actually higher than the version installed on the device. As you may already know that any developer builds an app using Apple’s development environment. This includes Apple as well, also have to stipulate the versions of iOS which the app supports.
That information developer provides displayed proudly on the iOS App Store. And the info pulled directly from the app bundle and displayed to the user, later on. When the app source code is compiled and turned into an app library to be submitted to Apple? It essentially contains a flag that tells the device which version of iOS it supports. LowerInstall essentially makes it simple, than mitigates that.
The tool which will definitely be very useful to a lot of device owners. For those who have tried and install apps, either via App Store itself or by sideloading. That too, only to find that the dev is opting to support a higher version of iOS than they are currently on.
Sometimes there is a genuine workout for the developer doing this, such as requiring specific API or technology access that’s only available in a particular version of iOS SDK. Other times it’s purely for ease of use.
As an example, come next month there will be a multitude of apps purely supporting iOS 11. This tweak will be very useful as it will allow apps to be installed on lower versions of iOS which aren’t officially supported. Worth noting that it isn’t a single solution which fixes all issues and solves all problems.
Apps like Apple’s Clips – require iOS 10.3, and also proven that to work as intended on iOS 10.2 naturally. But that doesn’t actually mean that all apps will. Some will have genuine reasons why they support a particular version of iOS and will thereafter, break on older versions.
If you are looking to try out the LowerInstall tweak, then you will need to add the following repository to your list of Cydia sources: http://julioverne.github.io/. Once added simply search for the tweak and you’ll be able to easily install it.