With the Release of iOS 11 Apple Might Kill as Many as 200,000 Apps – Here’s Why

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Mar 15, 2017
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iOS 11 is on the horizon, and with its release the App Store might lose as many as 200,000 apps in one fell swoop.

32-Bit Apps Won’t be Compliant with iOS 11, Forcing Apple to Get Rid of Them for Good

With the release of iOS 10.3 Beta, Apple started to warn users that the app they are using might not be compatible with future versions of iOS. In fact, to emphasize on this even more, Apple baked in a new App Compatibility section in iOS 10.3. This new section highlights all the installed apps on your device that haven’t been updated to support the 64-bi architecture that was introduced with the iPhone 5s.

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So, with that in mind and data highlighted by app analytics company called Sensor Tower, Apple can kill as many as 187,000 (to be more precise) app with the release of iOS 11. To give you a new perspective how big that number is – that 187,000 figure accounts for 8% of the total apps available in the App Store as of March 2017.

Interestingly, the iPhone 5s came out in 2013 and it wasn’t until two years later Apple started to warn developers that they should update their apps to support 64-bit. That’s very alarming since 8% accounts for a huge chunk of the App Store.

The major purge, in case you are wondering, has already started, with Apple making strides to remove as many as 47,000 apps from the App Store that does not fit its criteria last fall. And Apple appears to be constantly removing apps since then. But the big move will come with the announcement and subsequent release of iOS 11.

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iOS 11 is all set for announcement at WWDC 2017 on the 5th of June. But apart from Apple’s mobile operating system, the Cupertino company will take wraps off the future versions of macOS, tvOS and watchOS as well. And at the end of the entire keynote, developers will be able to take the new software for a spin on their devices as long as they are registered with Apple.

We will be diving into iOS 11 as well once the big day arrive and report back on our findings. Till then, stay tuned for more news.

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