developer bulletin

Apple sent out a notification to developers today, giving them a heads up on a few upcoming changes to its App Store submission policy. Posted in its developer portal, the bulletin says that beginning in February of next year, iOS applications must meet two new requirements.

Starting February 1, 2015, new apps and updates must be built using the iOS 8 SDK (software development kit), and they must include 64-bit support, otherwise they will be rejected. Apple made a similar announcement around this time last year for iOS 7 app optimization.

The 64-bit support is of particular significance for folks with newer devices. Apple introduced its first 64-bit processor, the A7, last year with the iPhone 5s and iPad Air, and it refined things this year with the A8. Both chips offer significant performance gains while using less power.

That Apple is requiring the use of the iOS 8 SDK is also good news, as it should help motivate developers to update their apps. Apple won’t be pulling apps already on the App Store after February 1st, but all updates submitted after that date must comply with the new rules.

[Dev Portal]

  • ✯Mike✯

    talk about killing off the old devices :/

    • Alberto M.

      This is complete BS!

    • Matheus Lisboa

      They won’t stop developers from making apps for old devices, only making sure that the new apps will be compatible with the new ones… One thing doesn’t kill the other…

    • Carlos Gomes

      Don’t you naysayers ever get tired?
      64-bit support have been only optional. If you have a 64-bit phone, it would be nice to have it’s apps optimized for it.
      That’s what this move is all about.

      But no, all you saw was Apple killing 32-bit – which isn’t even true.

      • Duc T-ra

        “…must include 64-bit…”
        People who has 64-bit chip devices will be benefited from that. Those have 32-bit will still be able to run the app bc it is built with single binary both 32&64 bit as Apple said.

      • Carlos Gomes

        Did you quote me by mistake or you just decided to tell me what I said?

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      I sure this means for iPhone 5s and higher.

    • regkilla

      Then upgrade idiot.

  • PoleGirl

    Oops…wrong thread. Sorry.

  • justme

    so, my iPh5 is going to be out of the game? or what?

    • sNick

      no, but newer devices get better performance 🙂

  • David Gitman

    Haha only now 64bit support?

    • Carlos Gomes

      Can you read?

      • David Gitman


  • HamptonWalley

    Yippee-Ki-Yay, I do not want upgrade my ipad 2 from 6.13 to 8.x ios…

  • Dan

    About time, what was the point of having a 64 bit processor in my 5S/iPad air if most apps didn’t take advantage of it. This is a good move from Apple.