[Development] Supported platforms for Qt 5.8
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> André Somers <andre at familiesomers.nl> kirjoitti 2.3.2016 kello 22.28:
> Op 20/02/2016 om 08:38 schreef Petroules Jake:
>> "Continue" with iOS 7? It's currently iOS 6 in both 5.7 and dev branches. However, I wholeheartedly approve bumping it to 7.
>> This puts us at a minimum of "last four releases" (by the time 5.8 is released) for both OS X and iOS. However I'd argue that iOS's schedule should be treated a little more aggressively given its extremely fast upgrade cycle compared to all other platforms.
>> As of February 8th, 2016, the iOS version distribution (as measured by Apple - https://developer.apple.com/support/app-store/) is as follows:
>> - iOS 9 - 77%
>> - iOS 8 - 17%
>> - iOS 7 and earlier - 6%
>> By the time Qt 5.8 is released, iOS 10 will have just been released and iOS 8's market share will almost certainly less than 5%, as iOS 7's is now. In that case is there really much point supporting iOS 7 (or even 8)?
>> iOS 8 was one of the biggest releases API-wise and so we would be able to reduce effort significantly by dropping v7. The current version of Xcode also provides no simulators for iOS prior to 8.1.
> Hmm... That would be annoying. iOS 7 is the last version supported on the iPhone 4 (which I am still using). To me, it doesn't even feel that old.
> Here is the list of devices that will be left behind for each version you bumb: http://www.everyi.com/by-capability/maximum-supported-ios-version-for-ipod-iphone-ipad.html
But how many really still use iPhone 4 still in 2017? Qt 5.8 is planned for October 2016.
Anyway, I leave it for the platform maintainers to decide, if there are no issues in keeping also these older devices supported, we of course can consider it.
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