Apple could be ending support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11

Should make performance better on newer devices

Apple could be ending support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11

Apple appears to be dropping support for 32-bit apps in the next iOS update and on new devices.

According to tweets from developer Steven Troughton-Smith, iOS 11 will completely remove support for apps that do not support 64-bit processing.

Smith also claims that newer devices will not support 32-bit processing at all. This could however free up extra space and improve overall performance of the devices.

We were warned

9to5Mac notes that Apple has updated the severity of its warnings to users opening 32-bit apps. Running one of these apps on iOS 10.2.1, for example, would simply tell users the app may slow down their device.

As of the iOS 10.3 beta, however, a warning now appears that says "this app will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility".

The move appears to be part of Apple's efforts to improve the overall quality of the App Store and the apps found within. It most recently cracked down on developers using the word "free" in the titles of their apps and games.


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