iOS 11 May Drop Support for 32-Bit Apps Altogether


Reading the tea leaves, one would probably be right for assuming that Apple has been moving away from 32-bit apps for iOS for some time now.

The company has been cracking down on 32-bit apps, drawing attention to the older apps both on the developer side, as well as focusing a spotlight on their existence for the end user, too. Dating back to iOS 10.1, Apple has been issuing alerts for the end user that running a 32-bit app on their iOS device may slow down their device, which is obviously not what someone wants just for playing a game or using an app on their phone.

With the subsequent launch of iOS 10.3, though, Apple took it a step further. Another pop-up would tell the user that the app was old, and that it must be updated by the developer, or that it would not be supported at all in “future versions of iOS.” At the time that seemed like a pretty glaring indication that 32-bit apps would be getting the boot from iOS support at some point in the future.

Now, according to developer Steven Troughton-Smith, Apple is prepping things to stop supporting 32-bit apps altogether as soon as iOS 11 arrives later this year:


Apple officially started supporting 64-bit apps back in 2013, when the iPhone 5s launched. Since February of 2015, though, Apple was notifying developers that their apps needed to support 64-bit. Technically speaking, iOS still supports 32-bit apps, so the change hasn’t been an abrupt one, and that’s probably for the sake of both users and developers.

However, there’s no doubt whatsoever at this point that 32-bit apps have heard the death knell, and they’ve arrived on the chopping block.

[via The Mac Observer; @stroughtonsmith]

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