Apple tells developers that existing app updates will need to be 64-bit by June 1st

Apple tells developers that existing app updates will need to be 64-bit by June 1st
Today, Apple posted a notice to developers to remind them that starting on February 1st, new apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built using the iOS 8 SDK. Starting on June 1st, the same requirements are necessary for updates submitted for existing apps. Apple has told developers that by using the default X code build setting "Standard architectures," they can build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

Forcing developers to include 64-bit support should remove some of the pressure from iOS, since apps now have to load 32-bit runtimes to be backward-compatible. The new rules though, won't affect any iPhone model older than the Apple iPhone 5s. It was the latter that first brought 64-bit processing to a smartphone.

Apple gave developers a heads up about the change in October, offering a 6-month warning on the 64-bit requirements for new apps. Today's warning gives developers working on updates to their apps, a similar warning.


source: Apple via AppleInsider

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