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Apple has issued an email to registered iOS app developers on Tuesday reminding them all iOS apps will need to include 64-bit support for the latest A-series chips. Apple has sent out previous emails before, but it serves as another reminder before the change goes into effect.

“As a reminder, beginning February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK,” Apple’s email reads. Apps submitted without 64-bit support after the first of the month will not receive App Store approval, and the developer will be forced to make changes to support Apple’s latest A7 processor that features a 64-bit architecture.

Past new apps, developers will need to include 64-bit support in any future app updates starting June 1. If 64-bit support isn’t included, the update will not be accepted. Existing apps on the App Store that have already been approved by Apple will not be removed for not supporting 64-bit.

Apple brought 64-bit support to the iPhone 5s in 2013, and of course extended it to the iPad, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 5c is the only current device in Apple’s lineup to not see the performance benefit of a 64-bit chip architecture that brings better performance to apps.

  • Nathan

    I seriously hope this helps with the low memory issues on the 64 bit devices.

    • Straightshoota

      Thank god I’m not the only one. Makes me upset every time I look at my iPhone 6+ and think you shoulda got that iPad air 2 ram upgrade as well; bullsh*t.

  • Typo error, bit ‘bit’…

    Acknowledge and fix please.

    • Jake Smith

      Thanks, wrote this a little sleepy-eyed this morning

      • That’s quite ok … 🙂

  • Rusty

    God damn those 64-bit bit rules.

  • Andy

    The iPad mini and iPod touch 5th gen also don’t have a 64-bit chip.

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      iPods are beginning to become discontinued and anyone who owns an iPad mini needs to step out of the first Gen and get in the future devices or they will experience problems.

      • Andy

        Indeed, these devices were already outdated when they come out. These are the best examples of planned obsolescence. Not that the iPad mini 3 is any better, it’s just an iPad mini 2 with Touch ID.

  • Andrieux Querido

    NICE.

  • iPhoneWINS

    I like this so we can have the full power of out iPhone 6 utilized