Apple Will No Longer Support 32-Bit Apps with iOS 11

May 12, 2017

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Apple has been putting down on 32-bit apps ever since it started supporting 64-bit apps in iOS 7, which came into existence in 2013. As per the reports in 9to5Mac website, tech developer Steven Troughton-Smith states that Apple will soon launch the latest version iOS 11 in September and it will drop complete support for 32-bit apps. The end of the 32-bit apps also means that many legacy apps will no longer work with any of the iOS devices upgraded with next iteration.

In 2016, the team of Apple announced that it is mandatory to make all the new iOS apps with the support for 64-bit. However, the iOS devices continue to support 32-bit apps till now with the alert in iOS 9 that the legacy apps will slow down the iPad or iPhone. With the recent release of iOS 10.3 beta, Apple devices started showing a dialogue box with a warning that the app will no longer support in any future versions of iOS. The message clearly shows that the iOS App developers of these apps should update it to make it compatible. If you are using the latest version of the iOS on your device, you can see the warning message while trying to use the 32-bit app.

Around 8% of the 2.4 million apps on the App Store comes with 32-bit and these apps need to be upgraded to 64-bit format to make them support in iOS 11 that will launch soon. The move on banning the 32-bit apps will impact most of the gaming apps on iOS. Other than that, it will also impact those apps under sections like entertainment, lifestyle, and education.

The move has been taken by Apple to focus on the quality of the app and free up performance for users and developers. Though it may seem like end user will be affected by the ban on 32-bit apps, it is the developers that need to work to update their apps into 64-bit before support is completely dropped. It is advisable that both the iOS and Android App Developers must build the new apps with 64-bit support, as the 32-bit apps will no longer be supported.
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