iOS 11 Is Killing 32-Bit Apps, What To Do Now?

As it was already said that the latest iOS 11 version thins the App Store herd, obsoleting older 32-bit apps with a single update. In other words, certain classics, like Flappy Bird won’t work anymore on the latest version of your iPhone’s operating system. It comes with plenty of upgrades, and also a ton of emojis that can frown when you do.

It’s for a good reason, Apple intentionally breaking apps, some of which you paid genuine money for, creates both uneasy feelings and potential inconvenience. But it’s also an earnest attempt to improve the App Store experience for the future genetics and the fallout isn’t as dramatic as you might think.

iOS 11 32-Bit Appocalypse

The iOS 11 leaves 32-bit apps behind, not further updates to them, rather it focuses on 64-bit or bust. The move hasn’t taken developers by surprise, though, the company urged 64-bit compatibility starting in October 2014, giving them nearly three years to get up speed. It’s still a pretty straightforward process, the upgrades takes a little more effort than just flipping a switch.

The developers have had more than enough time to get in line in a span of three years and that doing so wasn’t particularly taxing, matters more than you might think in gauging why Apple’s banishing 32-bit boffins in the first place.

With more than three million 32-bit iOS apps available for download and now full focus for Apple in iOS 11 begins. The App Store got its biggest redesign in years this fall, including a dedicated, editorially curated “Today” tab that highlights its best offerings, trendings, and an enhanced search that now includes developers, in-app purchases, tips and tricks, and more in its results.

Blocking 32-bit apps gives Apple an easy way to cut the worst of its chaff. Estimates that 14:3 percent of the App Store hasn’t embraced 64-bit as of this week, meaning iOS 11 will leave about 532,000 apps behind. But there’s a chance you might use a few of those regularly.

Torching 32-bit apps, what we lose

Some genuinely fun and useful apps won’t make the cut. Flappy Bird is joined by the original Tetris and Midway Arcade, in the great big app dumpster in the sky. In terms of what apps people actually download today, 32-bit offerings barely register.

In fact, you can see for yourself. Here are the crunched numbers on the most-downloaded and highest-grossing 32-bit apps from August.

August 2017 Worldwide Downloads

  1. VIEW Magazine

  2. Watches International

  3. Snowboard Racing Games Free

  4. GT Racing 2

  5. Saddle And Stirrups Magazine

  6. Al Jazeera English Magazine

  7. Fishing Kings Free+

  8. Batman:Arkham Origins

  9. Watch out Reflex Game

  10. YouTube Capture

August 2017 Worldwide Revenue

  1. Puzzle Bubble

  2. Oxford Handbook of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Second Edition

  3. Appisodio de Dora: La Gran Sorpresa de Perrito

  4. The King of the Fighters

  5. SpongeBob Bikini Bottom Sports

  6. Nick Jr. Draw & Play

  7. Dora’s Great Big World!

  8. Drone Control – Remote Control your AR Drone

  9. Bubble Puppy: Play and Learn

  10. Perfect Penalty 2012

Saying goodbye to 32-bit apps does more good than harm, and makes your next App Store download a safer bet. What do you think?

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