Several months ago we told you that Apple had made a very drastic decision regarding its old applications and that with the arrival of iOS 11, all the old applications developed for 32-Bit would stop working. Almost 200,000 applications for 32-Bit are published in the App Store and, unless developers release new versions already prepared for the new modern architectures, all of them will stop working after the next iOS update scheduled for after summer. However, iOS is not the only system that will soon end with 32-Bit applications. Taking advantage of this move, iOS 11 is going to be the first version of iOS that will be exclusive 64-bit, so all devices using chips with the old architecture like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and the fourth generation iPad, And all the previous ones to them, will not be able to update to this new version. IOS 11 will only reach the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPod Touch from the sixth generation onwards.
In addition to iOS, as the companions of AdslZone tell us, Apple also wants to take its crusade against 32-bit applications up to its desktop operating system, macOS, and, in a maximum of two years, to definitively end support for These applications.
Not just iOS 11. Apple wants to do away with 32-Bit applications also on macOS
Not only will the mobile operating system be affected by this decision. Two days ago, the company also announced the launch of macOS 10.13 High Sierra, the next update of its desktop operating system for Mac computers. In addition to all the improvements and developments that have been included in the new macOS 10.3 High Sierra, this New update has a hidden purpose, end up, just like iOS 11, with 32-Bit applications.
Apple has started asking developers to update their applications to make them native to 64-bit, leaving behind the old architectures and setting a deadline for doing so. As the company has confirmed, the App Store will only allow applications to be updated until June 2018. If the application is not 64-bit by that date, Apple will not allow developers to upgrade it.
Similarly, for the new MacOS that the company will launch in 2018 (or 2019), it is likely that, eventually, the support will be eliminated for all applications that have not been updated to this new architecture and continue to operate in 32-Bit.
As we can see, Apple is conducting a serious crusade against 32-Bit applications. While in iOS these applications will stop working in just a few months, the term for macOS is quite broader, but also relatively close. The rest is already up to the developers, who must recompile their applications to adapt to these architectures if they do not want them to stop working on computers with Apple’s operating system within one to two years.