32-Bit Apps Loses Its Compatibility In iOS 11, Mac App Store Transition To 64-Bit

In fact, Apple’s latest mobile OS release completely drops support for 32-bit apps. iOS 11 officially drops support for 32-bit applications, because an entirely new App Store has been developed for iOS 11 for the first time, apps and games are split out into their own sections now. Here are the details.

About iOS 11 compatible apps, it’s important to note that, Apple has taken the opportunity to ensure that any app which hasn’t been updated and released with 64-bit compatibility will not be able to run on iOS 11 device.

As expected and admitted that, Apple initially set the scene for this with iOS 10.3.x containing a user-facing alert when a 32-bit-only app was launched. With iOS 11 upcoming, those same apps will now simply refuse to load on the device, which essentially means it’s the end of the road for non-updated 32-bit apps. Losing support in iOS 11, because the latest version 11 iOS only supports 64-bit iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

If the develops of these 32-bit-only apps choose not to update their apps, then you will get the following message when trying to launch apps on iOS 11. Tapping on OK will simply get yuou back on the Home screen with app simply not being able to launch on the device.


Ahead of the launch of iOS 11, we are seeing signs suggesting 32-bit apps would no longer be supported in the new operating system, which is of course been confirmed with the release of the first iOS 11 beta.

Apple devices compatible with iOS 11 and are listed; iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini and iPod touch 6th generation. iOS 11 non-compatible devices include iPhone 5, 5c, and iPad 4.

In the latest release notes it has been confirmed that Apple’s new iOS 11 is moving to 64-bit and leaving 32-bit apps. They will continue to work on older devices running older versions of iOS though, and considering all of Apple’s 32-bit devices aren’t capable of installing iOS 11, meaning that device owners should be good to sit on iOS 10 and still enjoy those experiences if they see the need to.

iOS 11 is only compatible with devices that feature a 64-bit chip, which means it works with everything that has an A7 or newer chip. Apple has warned users with iOS 10.3, iOS 11 officially drops support for 32-bit applications and making sure that iOS 11 will only work with iPhones and iPads that are powered by a 64-bit chips. There’s still no word yet on whether or not Apple will ultimately purge the App Store of those apps which don’t offer 64-bit compatibility, but it looks unlikely at this stage.

If you are looking to install iOS 11 but are concerned about your favorite apps not being able to run on it, there’s an exception that Apple has built a feature in iOS 10.3.x to highlight the 32-bit apps that won;t work on iOS 11. To check app compatibility on iOS 10.x for iOS 11, launch Settings and visit General > About > Applications to check the out-of-date 32-bit apps on your device that won’t work on iOS 11.


Mac users and developers can expect the same treatment for apps on Mac App Store too in near future. If already seems that Apple has started the same transition giving developers some time until a currently unspecified date in 2018 comes for apps not yet updated with 64-bit compatibility prior they stop running on a future macOS release.

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