Apple Has Officially Ended 32-Bit App Support In iOS 11
Ahead of Apple’s WWDC 2017 event, there were a bevy of clues that suggested the company might drop support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11. This means that the firmware would not be able to run apps with 32-bit format. This has now been confirmed with the release of the first iOS 11 beta. So let’s dive in to see some more details on Apple removing 32-bit app support.
Apple Removing 32-Bit App Support In iOS 11
The end of 32-bit app support means that you will not be able to run older 32-bit apps in iOS 11. The app will refuse to launch and a message will be prompted which will say that the app needs to be updated to work with iOS 11. In addition to this, as Apple has announced a new version of the App Store in iOS 11, 32-bit apps will not be available. Moreover, the previously downloaded 32-bit apps cannot be installed through the Purchased tab as well.
Apple had started warning customers when it launched iOS 10.1 that older apps could possibly slow down your iPhone. Furthermore when Apple released iOS 10.3 beta, the message prompted after opening 32-bit app suggesting that the app will not work with the future versions of iOS. This clearly depicted that Apple was ending support for 32-bit apps.
Even though the Cupertino giant has given warnings about the losing support, it should not come as a surprise that Apple has eliminated supported for 32-bit apps. Users use a lot of 32-bit apps on their iPhone and it’s just a matter of time when their apps will just stop working as they jump on the newer firmware.
The launch of iPhone 5s was the time when the company started supporting 64-bit apps back in September of 2013. So apps which have yet not embarked on the 64-bit format, would be useless in the coming days. Developers of those apps should take note of the situation and update their apps if they want to keep them in a working situation.
To check if you have a 32-bit app installed on your iPhone, simply navigate to the Settings app, tap on General, then About and finally tap on Applications. The app compatibility section will appear. iOS 11 is only compatible with devices which incorporated the A7 chip and higher. So all iPhone and iPad models featuring a 64-bit chip, the A7 will be allowed to run iOS 11.
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