New updates of CMFC will only support iOS 6.1 or above

Until now, CMFC (Crossword Maker For Cruciverbalists) supports almost every iOS devices, including the 1st gen iPad, as long as they are using iOS 5.0 or above. But the upcoming upgrade (version 5.1.0) will drop the iOS 5 support, and will not be downloadable on an original iPad.

It’s a difficult, but inevitable decision. Although the new Xcode 5 still supports submitting an app which supports iOS 4.3 or above, it does not have the iOS 5 simulator any more, and could not execute / debug the app on an iOS 5 device (i.e. my iPad 1). There are a few major improvements with the new update. Technically it’s impossible to test all the features to make sure they are still working correctly with iOS 5. So it seems the only choice is dropping the iOS 5 support, and concentrating on newer devices which supports iOS 6.1 or iOS 7 (including every iPad later than iPad 2, and every iPhone later than iPhone 3GS).

And as Apple has offered the “downloading last compatible version from App Store” feature since a few weeks ago, people who still have the original iPad may still download the CMFC 5.0.0 when newer devices keeping the free upgrade for the recent versions.

I feed sad that the original iPad may not enjoy the new updates of CMFC any more. However, I also feel relieved when thinking about the brightness side of dropping the support to iOS 5. The newer iOS SDK have some powerful features I could not used before. And it’s now possible to make a maximum use of them in new CMFC updates, and serve our users better.

The service of People’s Card will be stopped in one month

People’s Card has been removed from Apple Store for a long time. Although people who downloaded that before could still use it, since the backend server is still keeping running, it could not work forever for there would not be enough budget to support that.

So I must apologize to people who enjoyed People’s Card, and who purchased IAP to create more cards beyond the free ones. I plan to shutdown the server one month later. All the passes / cards that you created and distributed would be still visible in Passbook. But you could no longer modify them and automatically update the distributed ones.

I have published the server implementation details for any one who wants to build similar service. Please check http://whenitsdone.org/2012/12/21/build-a-fully-functional-robust-and-secure-passbook-server-with-almost-zero-cost/

Thank you for your support and understanding :)