We all know that Apple will stop supporting 32-bit apps in iOS 11. That rumour has been brewing for a while now, and it looks like it might happen sooner than we thought. Apple stopped showing 32-bits apps in its search results on the App Store for about 12 to 24 hours. The problem has been “fix”, but the momentary downtime has lead people to believe that the days of 32-bit apps and games on the App Store are limited.
For about a day, there were several reports saying that 32-bit apps or games will no longer show in the App Store search results. Apps like TouchArcade, Waterslide, and more would not appear in search, however, they were still available for download via the direct URL. The problem has been rectified for now, and it is not known if it’s an error on Apple’s side, or they are preparing developers for the worst.
Apple first started supporting 64-bit apps back with the launch of the iPhone 5s. Since then, the Cupertino company has been moving everything towards that direction. In iOS 10.3, Apple started notifying users when they open a 32-bit app that the “app will not work with future versions of iOS”, and that the developer will need “to update it to improve its compatibility”. Rumours are saying that Apple will completely stop supporting 32-bit apps and games on iOS 11, which is expected to be unveiled at WWDC 2017.
Nothing is final at the moment, but the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 is happening in less than 15 hours, so stay tuned for the latest updates.