iOS 4.3.5 and below will no longer let users change payment methods

Apple will soon prevent any payment method changes on older firmware versions. Here’s why Apple is imposing this restriction on users and how you can bypass it.

Why is Apple preventing older versions? 

Beginning from June 30, 2018, Apple will ban payment method changes on iTunes and App Store on older versions.

According to Apple, this change will ensure the user’s financial data stays protected.

This change will affect a very small subset of users. The reason behind this is the legacy nature of the affected versions.


iOS 4.3.5 and Apple TV Software 4.4.4 were released seven years ago in 2011 whereas macOS 10.8.5 Mountain Lion was released in 2013.

If you don’t update your device for some reason, you will lose the ability to change your payment method come June 30.

However, you will still be able to upgrade your firmware anytime in the future to regain this functionality.

Affected Operating System Versions

Here’s the complete list of all affected versions –

  • iOS 4.3.5 or below
  • macOS 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) or below
  • Apple TV software version 4.4.4 (second and third generation boxes) or below

How can you bypass this restriction?

The only legitimate method to bypass this restriction is to upgrade your device to the latest available version.

Jailbreak developers might develop a bypass for iOS 4 users in the future. However, the legacy jailbreak community is no longer as active as it used to be and chances are a bypass for this restriction will never be released.

All in all, update now if you want to change your payment option or stay where you are if you are already using your desired option.

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[Source – Apple]

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