Over the last few days, reports have been surfacing that Apple pulled App Store access from iOS devices running iOS 3.1.3 and older. Support forums have been filling up over the past week with users complaining of the problem.

We predicted that the issue was an accident on Apple’s part, and not just a way to force users to update their firmware. And it looks like our prediction was right. The App Store appears to have been restored for iOS 3.1.3 users.

We started receiving emails this afternoon from readers claiming that the App Store was back up for pre-iOS 4 users. Now the folks at Engadget have been able to confirm this themselves with an iOS 3.1.3 device.

It’s still not clear what caused the disruption. Users don’t need to download anything to restore App Store access. Simply launch the application and you should be able to go back to browsing and downloading apps as usual. Weird.

Are you on iOS 3.1.3 or earlier? Is the App Store working again?

  • is there anyway do downgrade back to 3.1.2 without ssh blobs?

  • Yep my brothers is

  • Benjamin Hoover

    The reason the appstore broke in the first place and how they could fix it is the appstore is really just a webapp in an app. So apple can change the webapp, no need to restore. What probably caused the problem is apple using html not supported by the ios3 webkit..

    • Kok Hean

      Partial web app.

  • Anonymous

    For some reasons, I was hoping the title would be something like: Apple fixes iPhone 4S battery issues in iOS 5.1

  • why would people still be using 3.1.3?

    • coz am still using 3g

    • melvin armitage

      because ios 4 kills the performance on older devices like the iphone 3G and ipod touch 2g also 3.1.3 is faster and better perfomance

  • Anonymous

    I uninstalled facebook cause it was crashing all the time, I have a 3G on 3.1.3 …. And seems like the new facebook app require ios 4.0 . Does anyone know if there is a way of getting the version of facebook for ios 3.1.3 ?
    Thanks.

    • am facing the same problem.. pls help to download facebook app for 3.1.3.. thanks

      • Roshan Lamichhane

        and i m facing the same problem too.. help me out guys…

  • Liam Mulcahy

    wow this article is 2 years old. I wonder if anyone will respond to me.

    • RarestName

      Yes, two months later!