When the iOS 11 operating system is introduced later this year, consumers may be surprised to find that nearly 200,000 applications will become obsolete.
This number represents just under 10 percent of all applications available in the Apple App Store, dealing serious damage to developers everywhere.
The discovery was first made in early February, when Apple users were warned that a variety of mobile applications would not be compatible with future versions of the system. This warning was given after iOS 10 Beta System users received their newest update.
So, why the big change? The process started far earlier than you might think. In fact, it began when cell phone processors upgraded from 32 to 64-bit.
According to the Huffington Post, old iPads and mobile phones had 32-bit processors. This meant application developers only needed to use a 32-bit code to create their programs. New devices run on a 64-bit system. Applications designed for 32-bit processor either work slowly or not at all.
The change has been progressive over time, but the newest iOS software update will serve as the nail in the coffin – making hundreds of thousands of applications obsolete and unavailable for installation.
Since 2015, developers have been required to update applications from 32 to 64-bit speed, ensuring they run more smoothly for users as devices are upgraded. Apps that haven’t been updated in the past two years, as a rule, run slower than their counterparts. Apple has taken steps to remove these applications from the store.
The estimate of applications rendered useless after the iOS 11 update wasn’t pulled from thin air. It was provided after the results of an investigation conducted by SensorTower, a mobile app data research organization. The results showed that nearly 187,000 older mobile applications could become completely incompatible with all future Apple systems.
Unfortunately, the real number could be even higher. SensorTower did not include applications that were submitted before the iPhone 5S launch in September of 2013. This could add hundreds, or even thousands, of apps to the list.
Application genres that face the highest risk include mobile games, education, entertainment, lifestyle, business, books, utilities, and travel. Genres that face the lowest risk include shopping, weather, social networks, navigation systems, finance, productivity, and music.
Nearly 40,000 games could be cut when iOS 11 is released. Popular games such as Candy Crush, Hay Day, and Fishdom will remain – but classic games could be lost.
There is a simple way for Apple users to determine which applications may be cut after the update. Enter your general settings, click on the applications tab, and read the list of apps that may cause your phone to run slower. These apps were likely developed for a 32-bit processor, and could be eliminated .
Apple has already converted all iOS 7 applications (such as Safari, Mail, Photos, Maps, and Siri) to 64-bit speed. Recently, the brand has focused on removing problematic and non-functional applications from the Apple App Store.
It will be interesting to see what, if any, other changes come along with iOS 11. We’ll find out later this year, at the official release.