Quick Tip: Release iOS 7 Apps with Xcode 8

Xcode 8 with iOS 7
Build iOS 7 Apps with Xcode 8

If you (like me) wanted all the new bells and whistles in Xcode 8 and realized too late, that the latest officially supported iOS Version of Xcode 8 is iOS 8 and you need support for the iPhone 4 or iPad mini (both run on iOS 7) in one app, here are the good news: You don’t have to go back to Xcode 7 – we built and released a working App for iOS 7 with Xcode 8.

Starting with Xcode 8, the oldest “Deployment Target” offered in the dropdown menu is iOS 8.0. The not-so-well-known part is, you are not limited to the values in the dropdown menu, you can enter whatever you like. I added “7.0” to both, “iOS Deployment Target” in Project and “Deployment target” in Targets, and can confirm we successfully tested the App on iPhone 4 and iPad Mini (1st Gen.), both on iOS 7. Happy end, the app was approved on the App Store.

Let me know in the comments, which iOS version worked for you as well.

2 Replies to “Quick Tip: Release iOS 7 Apps with Xcode 8”

  1. „This iPhone 4 (GSM Rev A) is running iOS 7.1.2 (11D257), which may not be supported by this version of Xcode.“

    Did you experience that as well?

    1. Did you connect your iPhone 4 for tests/debugging? For us it wasn’t necessary to run tests on the actual hardware so we didn’t connect the old iPhone, we changed the iOS deployment target to “7.0” which allowed us to download the app from the AppStore and run it on various iPhone 4 with different iOS 7 versions.

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