Earlier today, Apple released the first public beta for iOS 11, which can be installed and used by anyone using a compatible iOS device. While the new OS brings about a bunch of new features and improvements, it is also bringing about a big shift regards to apps. Once you have upgraded to iOS 11, older 32-bit apps will stop working. In case you are unaware of what 32-bit apps you are using, this guide should be of help.
Currently, there are two ways of finding out 32-bit apps on your iOS device. If your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is updated to iOS 10.3, then opening a 32-bit app will show the message — “This app will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.” Despite the message, you will still be able to use the app. But once you have updated to iOS 11, you won’t be able to use the app, and instead see the message — “The developer of this app needs to update it to work with iOS 11.”Apple has however made it easy for you to see a list of 32-bit apps on your iOS device with iOS 10.3 update. Here’s how it works.
How to find 32-bit apps on your iOS devices
Head over to Settings -> General -> About -> Applications.
The Applications tab will show you the number of apps on your device. In case you see an arrow on the right, it means there are 32-bit apps installed on your device. Tapping on the tab will then show a list of those apps. In case you don’t see an arrow, it only means that all the apps on your device are 64-bit.
What should I do about the 32-bit apps
In case, you have 32-bit apps installed on your devices, you should start looking for alternatives right away before updating to iOS 11. In case the app you use is your absolute favorite, and you don’t want to switch, the only option left is to then contact the developer.
Head over to the App Store, and find the app you want updated. Scroll down to the very end where you will find the option — ‘Developer Website’. Tapping on this button will take you the app developer’s website, which more often than not has a way to contact the developer.
If this doesn’t work out either, the last option would be to not update your device to iOS 11 for the time being. This step is however not advised, since the update not only brings in new features, but also a bunch of security updates and fixes that are essential for keeping your devices safe.
While many might think of Apple’s decision to suddenly stop supporting certain apps as harsh, it is something that was long time coming. Ever since Apple launched iPhone 5S with a 64-bit SoC, it has been warning developers about this eventuality. So if your favorite app is in danger of being redundant, blame the developer, who has yet to pay heed to Apple’s numerous warnings.