Apple News: Apple has announced its iOS 11 update will only operate on 64-bit devices at the World Developers Conference.
Some Apple users could be in for a shock, with the tech giant announcing all devices manufactured in 2013 or earlier will soon be made obsolete. It means those with the older devices will no longer receive software or security updates.The iPhone 5S and newer devices will receive the upgrade but some older apps will no longer work afterwards.The news is the result of Apple’s decision to end support for devices and apps using 32-bit processors. Apple has been making devices with 64-bit processors rather than 32-bit processors since 2013, when it introduced them with the iPhone 5S and the iPad Air. Apps that only run in 32-bit will not show up in search results in the new version of the App Store, or be available from the Purchased tab if they have been downloaded previously.
Those using newer devices such as the iPhone 7 and the latest iPad will also be affected by the new software as some older apps are only coded to 32-bit and not for a 64-bit system. This means apps that have not been updated since 2015 may stop working on devices that have received the update.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook offered a sneak peek into the latest software release at the World Developers Conference being held in California, US.
Affected apps will be listed under Settings > General > About > Applications > App Compatibility.
A 64-bit processor can handle vastly more data at once – four billion times as much – as a 32-bit processor, which can help make it faster in use. From June 2018, all new apps submitted to the Mac app store will need to support 64-bit, and from June 2018 updates to existing apps must also be 64-bit compatible.