Apps

Apple is about to kill 32-bit apps. Here’s why it’s happening and how to find out if you’re affected

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Everybody has an app graveyard.

These are the apps you downloaded on a whim, thought, “I’ll come back to that one day” and never did. Well, their days are numbered.

Apple is about to pull the wraps off its latest iPhone, and with it, the latest version of its operating system — iOS 11 (that’s if you haven’t already seen a leaked version).

The new iOS is ending support for 32-bit apps. That means some apps that used to work just fine, won’t work once you’ve updated.

How many apps and phones will be affected?

A report from Sensor Tower found in March nearly 200,000 apps on the App Store were not compatible with iOS 11.

That’s about 8 per cent of apps available worldwide.

Alvin Lee, senior mobility analyst at Telsyte, estimated about 1.2 million iPhone users still had models that cannot upgrade to the 64-bit operating system.

It’s been a long time coming

Apple released its first 64-bit iPhone way back in 2013 with the iPhone 5S. From early 2015, all apps submitted to the store were required to support 64-bit.

Director of the UWA Centre for Software Practice Dr David Glance said in the tech world, being given two years to update a service was an “extraordinary” amount of time.

“There’s an awful lot of apps, [and] because it’s relatively easy to create an app, you get people in their bedrooms essentially producing an app,” he said.

“This is a good opportunity for Apple but also developers to actually get their house in order and clean the app store and get rid of [old] apps.

“Even if 20 per cent of them disappear, there’s still a phenomenally large number of apps so most people won’t notice the difference.”

So why switch now? In theory, it’s all about faster performance.

“It refers to the amount of data a processor can handle. A 64-bit processor can process more data at a time than a 32-bit processor,” Mr Lee said.

bigger brain in your phone means developers can make apps that allow it to complete more complex tasks.

[“Source-timesofindia”]