iOS 11 will stop supporting thousands of old apps
In the next version of its mobile operating system — iOS 10.3 Apple plans to completely abandon support for 32-bit applications.
Developers of iOS applications warned in advance
Today, the number of 32-bit applications is about 187,000 or about 8% of all applications in the App Store. In fact, the number may be much higher, as this statistic is based on apps that were released before September 2013 (before the iPhone 5s) and have not been updated since. The IPhone 5s was the first Apple mobile device to allow 64-bit applications to run. And it wasn’t until February 2015 that Apple started requiring all new app developers to support the 64-bit architecture. This means that for another two years from 2013 to 2015, developers continued to produce 32-bit applications based on the old processor architecture.
With the release of the first beta version of iOS 10.3, Apple has started to show users warnings that 32-bit apps “will not work with future versions of iOS”. Previously, iOS had only notifications that 32-bit applications could slow down the device.
IOS 11in the first beta of iOS 10.3 Apple has started to show a warning that 32-bit applications “will not work with future versions of the operating system»
Preparations for the transition to 64-bit applications in iOS have already begun
iOS 11 is likely to be the first version of the mobile operating system where Apple will completely abandon the old 32-bit applications. As expected, the new mobile operating system will be presented during WWDC in June this year.
By the time a new version of the operating system is released, many older applications can simply be removed from the App Store. Recently, the company has been cleaning the App Store from outdated applications. In October alone, 47,000 programs that were incompatible with Apple’s new 64-bit processor architecture were removed from the online store.
Apple is expected to make a number of significant changes to the next major update — 10.3, the most important of which is the transition to a new more advanced, fast and secure file system APFS. Also, the system will be added an analogue of the already well-known users “Find My iPhone“, the application” Find My AirPods”, designed to search for new wireless headphones Apple in case of their loss. The new feature “Ratings and reviews” will disable annoying pop-UPS with suggestions to evaluate the application. The standard Podcasts app will also be updated and improved.