Apple was the first company to offer a smartphone powered by a 64-bit processor. Now it looks like it’ll be the first to end support for phones with 32-bit chips. Sort of.
Your older iPhones or iPads won’t stop working anytime soon, but there are signs that any device running the latest version of iOS will soon only support 64-bit apps… which means that you may lose access to some older apps if they’re not updated by their developers.
As MacRumors notes,the latest iOS 10.3 beta displays a message whenever you open a 32-bit app, declaring that it “will not work with future versions of iOS” and that the developer needs to update the app to make sure it’s compatible.
The message is similar to one that’s been around since the release of iOS 10.1. But the warning used to just let you know that the app might slow down your device. Now Apple is saying the app won’t work in a future release of the operating system… most likely to be iOS 11.