How does one get UI_USER_INTERFACE_IDIOM() to work with iPhone OS SDK < 3.2

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Published on 2010-04-05T00:07:29Z Indexed on 2010/04/05 0:23 UTC
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Apple advises using the following code to detect whether running on an iPad or iPhone/iPod Touch:

if (UI_USER_INTERFACE_IDIOM() == UIUserInterfaceIdiomPad) {
  // The device is an iPad running iPhone 3.2 or later.
  // [for example, load appropriate iPad nib file]
else {
  // The device is an iPhone or iPod touch.
  // [for example, load appropriate iPhone nib file]

The problem is that UI_USER_INTERFACE_IDIOM() and UIUserInterfaceIdiomPad are NOT defined in the SDKs priory to 3.2. This seems to completely defeat the purpose of such a function. They can only be compiled and run on iPhone OS 3.2 (iPhone OS 3.2 can only be run on iPad). So if you can use UI_USER_INTERFACE_IDIOM(), the result will always be to indicate an iPad.

If you include this code and target OS 3.1.3 (the most recent iPhone/iPod Touch OS) in order to test your iPhone-bound universal app code, you will get compiler errors since the symbols are not defined in 3.1.3 or earlier.

If this is the recommended-by-Apple approach to runtime device-detection, what am I doing wrong? Has anyone succeeded using this approach to device-detection?

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