suggesting 32-bit apps would no longer be supported in the new
operating system, which has been confirmed with the release of
the first iOS 11 beta.
When attempting to open a 32-bit app when running iOS 11, the
app refuses to launch, offering up a message that says the app
needs to be updated to work with iOS 11.
32-bit apps are also not available when searching in the new
version of the App Store, and previously downloaded 32-bit apps
can’t be installed through the Purchased tab.
Over the course of the last several months, warnings about
32-bit apps have gotten increasingly dire. With the launch
of iOS 10.1 in October of 2016, Apple started warning
customers that older apps “may slow down your iPhone.”
In January of 2017, the first iOS 10.3 beta featured an
even more serious message when launching a 32-bit app,
which specifically read “This app will not work with future
versions of iOS.”
Given the warnings, it should come as no surprise that Apple
has eliminated support for 32-bit apps, but it does render many
older apps that have worked for years without updates unusable.
There are likely many users who continue to use 32-bit apps
regularly who will be surprised to find that those apps no
longer work when iOS 11 rolls out to the public.
Apple started supporting 64-bit apps when the iPhone 5s
launched in September of 2013. As of June 2015, all apps and
app updates must use the 64-bit architecture, so apps that are
still 32-bit have not been updated in at least two years.
Current iOS 10 users can check to see if there are any 32-bit
apps on their iOS devices in the Settings app. Go to General
–> About –> Applications to get to the “App
Compatibility” section that lists any outdated apps.
iOS 11 is only compatible with devices that feature a 64-bit
chip, meaning it works with everything that has an A7 or newer
chip. Specifically, iOS 11 is compatible with iPhone 5s, SE, 6
Plus, 6, 6s Plus, 6s, 7 Plus, and 7, along with the new
fifth-generation iPad, the iPad Air, the iPad Air 2, all iPad
Pro models, and the iPad mini 2 and later.