While the date to release Apple’s new iOS 11 is approaching, most of the hundreds of thousands of incompatible apps have been removed from the App Store. So why are these applications incompatible with iOS 11?
Apple unveiled iOS 11 in June of 2017 during its Worldwide Developer Conference, releasing the first developer beta the same day. As Apple announced their users with iOS 10.3, iOS 11 officially gives up support for 32-bit applications. Any 32-bit app will not be launched and older iPhones and iPads with 32-bit CPUs cannot update to iOS 11 at all.
Apple describes its latest mobile OS as:
iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. It makes iPhone better than before. It makes iPad more capable than ever. And now it opens up both to amazing possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps. With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the most powerful, personal, and intelligent devices they’ve ever been.
Apple continues to remove incompatible applications from the App Store, as the 7th beta version was released in the past days along with the preparations for the upcoming release of iOS 11. Let’s take a look at the steps Apple is now taking in the process of finalizing 32-bit application support.
Many apps, not compatible with iOS 11!
According to Oliver Yeh, founder of the analyst firm Sensor Tower, 187,000 apps on the App Store have 32-bit apps, which make up about 8% of all iPhone apps. Since June, most of the 32-bit apps in the App Store are being removed, only users with app link can access them.
If you do not have a 64-bit version of an app you use often, you should not update your phone to iOS 11 or expect the developer to post a new version. However, it is important to remember that Apple will eventually remove 32-bit applications completely from the App Store.
For the Mac, Apple told developers that macOS High Sierra would be the last version of its desktop operating system to support 32-bit apps ‘without compromises’.