The iPad, iPhone and iPod touch run an operational system called the iOS system. This is the system that allows you to run apps and perform all functions on your device. It comes pre-installed on your devices when you purchase it from the Apple store.
It is very important that you keep your iOS system up to date in order to have apps run smoothly and also take advantage of the enhancements and the possible bug fixes provided by Apple.
Updating your iOS system is FREE
While most apps will work on older versions of the iOS system, keeping an up-to date update will guarantee you best performances.
In fact, some apps also do not work on older iOS versions (e.g 3.1); therefore you will not be allowed to purchase the app from the app store. First let’s learn how to identify which version of the iOS system you are running on your device.
1st. Go to the setting area on your device and click on “General”:
2nd. Under the “General” menu, click on ” About”:
3rd. Under the “About” menu you will see the information you are looking for under the “Version“.
On this example you can see I have the Version 4.3.2 of the iOS system; which is the most most up to date version as of 4/23/2011.
Now that you know how to identify which version you have, now let’s learn about the fact that some apps do not support older version of the iOS system.
When you are purchasing an app from the app store you will notice that the app has several requirements, one of them is compatibility with iOS systems. Take fore example the number one, best selling educational application: Star Walk for iPad ; it requires that you have the iOS 3.2 in order to run this app. See image below:
Notice that the app requires that you have iOS 3.2 or later; if you have anything older the app will not install. Another example is an AAC app called Expressive:
As you can see, Expressive requires that users have the version 3.1.4 or older in order to run the app on the devices.
Now that you know how to identify your iOS system, and understand that some apps will not run on older versions of the iOS system; you will need to know how to update it. This is the easy part of the whole story.
You will need to connect your device ( iPhone, iPod or iPad) to your computer to update it.
1. Plug your device
2. Open iTunes
3. Select your device and make sure you are under the ” Summary” section.
4. Click on “Check for Update”.
You are all done!
I hope it helps… Now go update your device
Apple has implemented a program called “The Volume Purchase” program. This program allows approved educational institutions to receive 50% off when 20 or more copies of the same app are purchased for their staff members. It is important to note that the developers have the option to opt out of this discount; therefore, not every application will offer the discount even if you purchase 20 copies. All Smarty Ears apps have opt in (option) for the discount. This way, if an educational institution chooses to purchase 20 copies of any of the Smarty Ears apps, they will receive 50% off on the cost of the application. This is a significant saving for the educational institution.
Here is how the program works:
Someone from an educational program must enroll by becoming the program manager for your institution. The program manager will be in charge of making the purchases, and after the codes are downloaded this person is in charge of distributing codes that teachers, therapists and other staff members can use to download the application free of charge on their end.
How to sign up
The program manager can sign up for the program by visiting the following link: http://edu-vpp.apple.com/asvpp.html
Forms of payment
The program manager can make payments using credit cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa), debit cards, cashier’s check, money orders, and even wire transfer. Financing is also available. For more information you can visit : http://www.apple.com/legal/itunes/volume/us/terms.html
How do I get the app?
After the program manager purchases the copies of the application he will receive codes that can be distributed to the staff members or students. Each person receiving the code must login to their iTunes account and redeem the code. The redeem link is on the right side of the iTunes store (see image below).
Now just click on the link and redeem the app by entering the code given to you.More