I have a 1st generation iPad and when I download apps it tells me “this requires iOS 6.0 or later” but when I go to update it tells me it's fully updated? Why is this happening, and is there any way I can fix it?
The latest iOS version your system supports is iOS 5.1.1. You won’t be able to update it to iOS 6.
Unfortunately, it means you won’t be able to install any app which requires iOS 6 or higher.
Here's the easiest way to download apps on to your iPad 1. I know it works because I've done it. First, on your iPad 1, go to: Settings ==> Store ==> under "Apps" make sure it says 'OFF'.
Next go onto your computer (it doesn't matter if you're using PC or Mac) and open iTunes software. Then go to the iTunes store and download all the apps you want to be on your iPad.
If the iTunes on the computer and your iPad are both signed into the same Apple ID, and the iPad is connected to internet, then go on your iPad to App Store ==> Purchased ==> click on an individual app you want to install.
Once you select install you'll get a message pop up that says:
"The current version requires iOS 6.1 or later, but you can download the last compatible version." ==> Download
There that should at least allow you to have most apps on your iPad 1. Most of them will work, but sometimes even once you have the app installed on your iPad 1 it still won't run correctly. That's just tough luck. But in my experience that's not too common usually they work fine.
As Édouard said: the latest supported iOS for your device is 5.1.1, and if an iOS application supports only newer iOS versions, then you can not install / update this application.
You could try to search for an similar application with the same features which supports older iOS versions.
Or you could try to contact the software developer / company and ask for a compatible version. I did that for my favorite media application, and they included my old device as beta tester... but this is unusual.
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