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Nearly 200,000 Older Apps May Become Incompatible with iOS 11

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According to app analytics firm Sensor Tower (via TNW), Apple may be planning to kill nearly 200,000 apps with the launch of iOS 11 later this year. The iPhone maker has long been warning developers to update older apps to be compatible with the new 64-bit processors, but now it seems the company is ready to take the next step by permanently discontinuing support for 32-bit apps.

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The source predicts that the move towards ending support for 32-bit software would render about 187,000 apps useless overnight. While the firm says the number makes for 8% of all titles available on the App Store, the real magnitude could be even higher as the research only takes into account apps that were submitted prior to the introduction of the iPhone 5s and haven’t been updated since.

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Previously, Apple has been reminding developers that 32-bit apps will soon become obsolete by saying that certain apps “will not work with future versions of iOS.” But now, newer signs are suggesting that iOS 11 will be the definitive cut-off point for all 32-bit apps.

Recently, Apple also engaged in a purge of broken or outdated apps as Sensor Tower noted that 47,300 apps were wiped out in October alone.

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  • Bill___A

    Good! Some of these apps, including from major retailers, have not been updated in a long time. maybe forcing the issue will solve the problem.

  • Charles

    Not sure I get it… will 32-bit, no-longer-updated, apps continue to run with iOS 11 on an iPhone 5? Or will iPhone 5s not even be able to run iOS 11?

  • Dehop

    Crappy end for a few novelty entertainment apps I still have from the early days of the app store, whose devs have long since disappeared 🙁

  • Calvin

    iPhone 5s runs on 64bit so it will have iOS11. iPhone 5 and 5c will most likely get dropped for good, as it runs on 32bit.

  • raslucas

    Ya. It can be a little frustrating at times, but apps should be regularly updated anyways and I don’t believe you can compile apps for 32-bit anymore anyways (except applewatch obvs).

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