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Apple stops showing 32-bit apps in App Store search results ahead of iOS 11 launch at WWDC 2017

Looks like Apple is preparing for a 64-bit only iOS 11.

For some years now, Apple has been pushing developers towards 64-bit applications. In 2014, Apple started to ask all the iOS developers to include 64-bit support, soon after, it began to tell users that 32-bit apps might run poorly on the newer iPhones. Lately, Apple has been warning that 32-bit apps wouldn’t work in “future versions of iOS.” And now, Apple seems to be finally pulling the plug on the 32-bit apps. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends

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UPDATE: In a very confusing development, 32-bit apps have started to show up on the App Store again. According to an update from the source of the story, 32-bit apps are once again searchable on the App Store. Now it isn t exactly clear what this means, but it is considerable that for a good 12-24 hours 32-bit apps vanished from the App Store search. Whether this was a test for something that’s coming in the future, or some goof-up, is yet to be be confirmed. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android

According to a report on TouchArcade, 32-bit iOS software no longer turns up in App Store search results. You can still use direct links, but that’s about as far as you can go. And you can probably guess why Apple is making this move right now. Of course, to make way for iOS 11.

At its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2017 today, Apple is expected to unveil it 64-bit only iOS 11. Basically, Apple know that now that all those 32-bit apps are going to stop working when iOS 11 ships in a few months, why let new users download them?

Now, the more pertinent question, what does a 64-bit code app mean, and why do we need it? Well, there are a number of potential advantages to moving all apps to 64-bit technology. Though, you may not see much of a performance difference, unless an app can benefit from 64-bit math (think encryption or media encoding), it’ll probably run as quickly as before. RELATED: iOS 11: 11 features we wish Apple introduces with its next OS update

Modern iOS devices don’t have more than 4GB of RAM, so you wouldn’t need support for extra memory. Rather, this is more about creating headroom and dropping the burdens of legacy tech. Also, apps won’t demand quite so much space on your devices, and the hardware itself can ditch unnecessary 32-bit components in favor of making the 64-bit parts more powerful. Everyone will eventually benefit.

According to Sensor Tower, which first published a detailed analysis on the matter, banning 32-bit apps will see the culmination of approximately 187,000 or about eight percent of the roughly 2.4 million apps on the App Store worldwide. This is the number of apps that haven t been upgraded to 64-bit format. ALSO READ: Apple to make 32-bit apps obsolete with iOS 11; nearly 200,000 apps expected to be impacted

Other than that, if the reports are to be believed, today, Apple will unveil the new iOS 11 with a bunch of new features like intelligent power saving technology. Plus, Apple is also expected to feature a revamped version of Apple Music in the new operating system. ALSO READ: Apple Siri speaker, Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor to debut at WWDC 2017: Report

Further, Apple Wallet is expected to get a revamp and it is expected to relaunch as Pay app which will come with iMessage integration allowing users to transfer funds via the messaging app. According to a report from Business Insider, Apple is trying to make Siri sound more human. Also, that long rumored dark mode may just finally be rolled out with iOS 11. ALSO READ: Amitabh Bachchan, to Rakhi Sawant: Who we wish should be the voice for Apple s Siri in India

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  • Published Date: June 5, 2017 9:56 AM IST
  • Updated Date: June 5, 2017 12:35 PM IST



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