Apple to end support of 32-bit apps – all you need to know

Apple to end support of 32-bit apps – all you need to know


iOs11 32-bit

With the new Apple iOS11 expected this September comes the end of support for 32 bit-apps. Some say: “iOS 11 might kill your favorite old iPhone apps”. 

32 bit apps – what are they?

In computing 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the type of central processing unit, operating system, driver, software program, etc. that utilises that particular architecture. {Lifewire}.  64-bit phone comes with a better processor. This means extra space, which allows for taking in and processing data faster.

The 5S arrived in September 2013 as the first 64-bit iPhone. And every app that was created since then has had the option to run in 64-bit mode. This marks the date since apps and updates to receive Apple approval had to run in 64-bit mode. The apps created before and coded for 32-bit systems aren’t taking advantage of the extra hardware a 64-bit phone meaning slower apps and system.

How to find which apps will no longer function?

With the new Apple rules, users and app creators need to review the apps to avoid losing them. There are a few simple steps that can be taken to check the apps.

Latest update date

When is the last time you made changes to your app? If it hasn’t been changed since late 2014 or early 2015 it is likely to become obsolete.

Menu item  

The latest version of iOS (10.3) includes a menu item (in Settings > General > About > Applications) showing a list of all the installed apps that don’t run in 64-bit mode.

3 handy tips for app managers and creators 

While users are unable to keep their favourite 32-bit apps, it’s up to developers to fix the issues. What are the steps coders and managers can take?

Applications are content containers – like bottled water. Water (content) remain drinkable but the outside needs changing. Here are some useful suggestions. 

  1. Check whether your app is 32 or 64-bit
  2. If it needs changing, keep the content but verify and amend the app architecture
  3. Review your app licence (if applicable)
  4. Open your Apple account and check the settings
  5. If necessary update your developer certificate

Will Android drop their support for 32-bit apps too?

Considering that Android has also been a 32-bit/64-bit compatible operating system for some time, it’s possible that Google’s mobile ecosystem will change too. But so far there has been no announcement yet.

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