iOS 11’s not-so-ruthless execution: Older iPhones and apps won’t work anymore
When Apple rolls out the iOS 11 operating system for iPhones and iPads in a few days from now, the new OS will effectively put an end to the era of apps that are still clinging on to the part. While this is just one of the changes that the new operating system for iOS devices are bringing to the table, it isn’t entirely a surprise. We take a look at what the architecture discussion means for you, and what else will not be a part of the iOS 11 journey.
This has been a long time coming, and finally, Apple is killing off support for apps that still run the old 32-bit architecture. This means that your existing iPhone and iPad will stop running apps that have not been updated (by the developer, or maybe you have been too lazy to update them via the App Store) to the newer and more efficient 64-bit architecture, once you update the device with iOS 11. This surely isn’t a knee jerk reaction, considering the fact that the iPhone and iPads have been running 64-bit processors since the iPhone 5s and the iPad Air, both of which arrived in 2013. The shift to 64-bit allows the operating system to use more RAM, be more efficient and eschew the performance advantages. To see which, if any, of the apps that you use are still stuck in the 32-bit era, head to Settings -> General -> About -> Applications. Chances are there won’t be many apps left that are still not 64-bit compatible, considering the fact that Apple has been telling developers to include support for 64-bit since late 2014.
This means that the Apple iPhone 5c, released in 2013, as well as the 4th generation iPad and older iPads will not get iOS updates anymore. While it is always a sad moment to witness the end of the support cycle for a phone that you may own, but we must realize that Apple is now removing support for iPhones and iPads which are four years older or more.
When iOS 11 rolls out in a few days from now, it will be available for iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 6s as well as the iPhone 6s Plus, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone SE as well as the iPhone 5s. If you have an iPad, you’re in luck with both generations of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and the iPad Air, the 5th generation iPad, as well as the iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 2. The iPod Touch 6th generation will also be able to take advantage of the new software.