Apple stops signing older iOS versions almost immediately after the release of an update. People who buy this will be stuck on iOS 4 even though technically it could run iOS 6. I don't think you can download that anymore.
... Outside the US people aren't so enamored with having the latest and greatest ...
Let me get this straight: they are selling a device with probably a nine year old battery that has serious issues, runs a very old OS that has lots of security holes which will never be patched, is limited to 802.11b/g, doesn't have GPS, no front camera, and has extremely limited app compatibility?
Reminds me I need to source a new/old 30-pin device for an old 30-pin-supporting speaker I have so I can use it again.
king editor the grate said:It's been my experience with the likes of a 2g iPod touch that you can install the latest version of whatever the max OS is for that device, although it's been eons since I've tried it.
This is correct.
No longer signing an OS means it can't be downloaded to a device that can use a later OS. An 'unsigned' OS is still available to any device that tops out at that OS.
My 4S was on iOS 7.x. I had to use it and decided to update. iOS 8 was the next step, except it was unsigned, so Apple downloaded iOS 9. Unfortunately, it's too much for my 4S and was extremely lagging. I wish Apple had made 8 the max OS for the 4S.
It my case I should have stayed at iOS 7. Since it was also unsigned, there was no going back.
the old os will have a music app that has a tab for audiobooks none of this silly sticking audiobooks in the iBooks app