Apple mandates that all devs do the 64-bit app dance come February

Apple mandates that all devs do the 64-bit app dance come February
Beginning in February 1, all new iOS apps that are submitted for App Store approval, should have 64-bit support, building on the iOS 8 SDK that comes with the Xcode 6 and up programming language. or later. "To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of "Standard architectures" to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code," says Apple.

The company was the first to release a 64-bit-capable modern mobile chipset with the venerable A7 in the iPhone 5s, and things took off from there. The stock iOS apps were fully rewritten to take advantage of the 64-bit architecture, and now Apple demands the same from all developers, as, naturally, the new A8 chip is 64-bit as well, and very, very powerful on a per-clock basis. 

Now, Qualcomm and Samsung, with their Snapdragon and Exynos chipset lines, respectively, are also following suit, releasing 64-bit silicon. The next major Android 5.0 Lollipop version does embrace it, too, but apps will have a lot more catching up to do, so Apple will likely retain the 64-bit headstart here for a while longer.

source: AppleInsider

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10 Comments

1. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Time to upgrade iPhone 5 users - Tim Cook

2. AlikMalix unregistered

Which part of "To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of "Standard architectures" to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code," did you not understand? See the way Apple does it - is insure that older devices will still matter this is not ALL APPS MUST BE 64bit, but ALL APPS MUST ALSO BE 64bit....

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I don't blame him. The title of the article is clearly misleading then. It clearly says 'Apple does away with 32-bit apps'

6. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah I saw that, it happens quite often here...

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Could be 32 bit only

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I know. Anyway the author has amended the title. So no harm done !

3. bored_guy147

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

iPod touch 6 will have a7 chip then

5. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

It's Android's turn

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

The real motive behind is to make sure every developer reluctant to make 32-bit apps and port it to android device.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Ouch... But is it Apple's fault that everyone else is draggin their feet when it comes to modern technology... Let the fight begin...

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