Apple will not provide support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11. Hence, if you had developed an iOS app for 32-bit, you need to incorporate 64-bit code. In 2013, the Cupertino-based company disclosed that the iPhone 5S would be the first handset to provide support for 64-bit applications. However, the phone shipped with Apple A7 processor. Many developers updated their apps to work on the new iPhone at that time.
As of February 2015, the 64-bit code was the primary requirement for the new apps to work on the App store. However, few old apps in the App Store were not compatible with 64-bit. In the recently released iOS 10.3 beta, a pop-up message appeared on display, which reads as shown below
This app will not work with future version of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.
RIP 32-bit emulation mode in iOS 11? pic.twitter.com/byMFuJPuVN
— Peter Steinberger (@steipete) January 31, 2017
The above message appeared when attempting to open a 32-bit app. Going forwards, Apple will completely remove the 32-bit compatibility. According to reports, iOS 11 expected to launch in September 2018 will only provide support for 64-bit apps. This means that iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C will not be updated to iOS 11.
If you look at iPhone 4S, the phone not yet received iOS 10 update. In future, the iPhone 5 series will not most likely get access to the new firmware.
Even though Apple halts the support for 32-bit apps in the future, you can still download them from the App Store in case if you need to make use of them in a legacy iPhone. However, you will not be able to avail support or assistant.
If you happen to receive a notification that the apps will no longer work on older phones, you need to upgrade the handset appropriately. If you look at the situation after ten years, you will not get any kind of support or new iOS versions for the recently released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This is a natural phenomenon, and you have to face it.
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