Apple could wipe out nearly 200,000 apps from its App Store with iOS 11

According to a new survey from app analytics firm Sensor Tower, Apple's next major update to iOS could result in the destruction of more than 187,000 applications. This is due to the fact that Tim Cook & Co. will most likely kill 32-bit support when iOS 11 premieres this September. 

Sensor Tower says that these figures represent about 8 percent of all the titles that are currently on the App store, and points to a message warning that appeared in the first beta version of iOS 10.3 which states that 32-bit applications "will not work with future versions of iOS." 

64-bit processors were first introduced by Cupertino with the iPhone 5s, but the company only started demanding 64-bit support from developers in June of 2015. Thus, the actual number of apps made obsolete might actually be far greater than the analytics firm estimates, as Sensor Tower only included titles which were submitted prior to September 2013 and have not been updated ever since.

Still, we can't say what will happen for sure until Cupertino previews iOS 11 at WWDC in June. Although the big annual update to the operating system seems like a very convenient occasion to remove support for 32 bit applications, ultimately it's up to Apple to decide when to pull the trigger.

source: Sensor Tower via AppleInsider



1. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Just... Get rid of your share of the abandoned software and tools that plague every app marketplace on every platform. Don't render useful apps useless please.

2. mikehunta727 unregistered

Wonder how many active 32 bit iOS users are there still at the moment..5C was their last 32 bit device sold

3. libra89

Posts: 2318; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ugh this would suck.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wipe out the dead weight.

5. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Remember the time when apple used to boast about the insane number of apps in store and it turned out that 10% were fart apps... hmm.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm pretty sure the apps in question still work, they are simply outdated. And no one boasts about app numbers anymore. In fact, Apple and Google have been trying to cut out the clutter and get rid of junk apps that haven't been updated in forever.

8. mikehunta727 unregistered

Your right Kiko, both Google and Apple esepcially in this last year have been on a more aggressive purging spree of expunging bad apps/outdated apps/apps that aren't following updated App store policies

7. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

I remember Android doing something similar, turns out 40% of them look like they were made for Froyo and Honeycomb.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

That's was Android Market/Google Play

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