iOS 10.3 Beta Hints Apple Will Drop Support for Legacy Apps in iOS 11


The iOS 10.3 beta has been available for a bit now, but new discoveries are still starting to surface ahead of its public launch.

As reported by 9to5Mac, there is a new pop-up that launches when a user tries to launch a legacy app while the device is running iOS 10.3 beta 1. Specifically, launching an older 32-bit app will now notify the user that the developer behind that legacy app needs to update it, or it will not work with “future versions of iOS.”

Apple first started supporting 64-bit apps with the launch of the iPhone 5s, but has bene requiring developers to launch new apps (new at the time) since February of 2015. With the new pop-up, Apple seems to be suggesting that iOS 11 will mean that it will not support legacy apps at all, meaning it will support 64-bit apps only.

The iOS App Store supports legacy, 32-bit apps, but there is a pop-up that appears when an owner tries to launch that older app, telling them that running the app on the device can potentially slow down their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The app still works, though. With the new language present in the first developer beta for iOS 10.3, it looks like that won’t be the case for much longer.

[via 9to5Mac]

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