App Store search no longer shows 32-bit apps; 64-bits only with iOS 11?

App Store search no longer shows 32-bit apps; 64-bits only with iOS 11?
Just like the gentle nudge you do to your friend when you want him to see the guy holding the Samsung Galaxy S8 next to you, Apple has been trying to get app developers to pay attention to its desires, Apple wants these code monkeys to write using 64-bit code only. The last gentle reminder was a comment from Apple that future versions of iOS wouldn't support 32-bit apps. But the time has come for Apple to give developers a more heavy-handed reminder.

So if you're Apple, the best way to get developers to remember anything is to hit them where it hurts the most, which is in their wallets. Apple has contractually agreed to certain payout percentages so those can't be changed. But what Apple has done is to remove 32-bit apps from appearing on search results for the App Store. That makes these apps somewhat invisible, which does have a negative effect on developers' paychecks.

There is some speculation that at WWDC (which starts this Tuesday, June 5th), Apple is going to announce that iOS 11 will support 64-bit apps only. That would make sense and explain why Apple is no longer showing 32-bit apps in App Store search results. Developers who don't get the message will end up losing their listing in the App Store.

The end of the line for 32-bit apps started with the Apple iPhone 5s in September 2013, which featured the Apple A7 chipset and its 64-bit  CPU. Among iOS builds, iOS 7 was the first to run 64-bit apps.

And now Apple is expected to put the kibosh on 32-bits. The only advantage for iPhone users, besides the ability of apps to handle more complex math equations if needed, would be the ability of iOS devices to support more than 4GB of RAM. Considering that the Apple iPhone 8 will have 3GB of RAM, that doesn't appear to be an issue now.

source: Engadget

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17 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Brute Force! Do as i say.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yeah, It's BS actually because I have some 32 bit games that I have yet to beat and I still play them every now and then.

3. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I think you can still have them installed on iOS 11.

4. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Heavy handed but it will be very effective and keep their OS running at peak efficiency which benefits the end user.

5. whatev

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

If it were google then fandroids would take it as an improvement but since apple takes this measures then apple is evil, double standards, double standards, when will all of this stop? *smh

6. davthom123

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

I don't think anybody will support this on any is,plus if apple have a solid plan for this that won't leave people unable to use apps they paid for then fine but if not bs

7. davthom123

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

I meant any os

8. whatev

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Of course people can use the old apps they have purchased, it's just you can't find them on the App Store, you should understand what you read, and there are plenty of apps that are both 32 and 64 bits since the iPhone 5S, almost 4 years ago, I think it's right apple doing this since those developers have been very lazy to update their apps to 64 bits

10. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Why would anyone in their right minds criticize such decision. 32 bit computers a thing of the past, if we want technology to advance we have to stop caring about backwards compatibility. My professor said this when we were discussing CPUs: If we never cared about backwards compatibilty we'd have 256 bit architectures now" It's a step in the right direction

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Reply to #6 I agree with you though

9. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

why ask when will this stop when you yourself have double standards? why not start with yourself? smh you fanboys are all hypocrites.

13. whatev

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

And you're the biggest master troll ever, trolling since October 2015, you're inmune to anything since you're the super hero fighting against all those bad fanboys trolling every article

14. whatev

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

#13 is a reply to #9 btw

15. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes keep calling me troll just because I ain't an Apple fanboy like you LMAO.

12. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

they praise Google and android for removing adobe flash while mocking Apple for doing so. sheeepbot droid will continue to be braindead and praise Google for any to no reason

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

This will force devs to update their apps to 64-bits, thus improving apps performance on iOS. Good initiative.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30903; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is gonna force me to wait, before upgrading to iOS 11.

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