During Monday’s keynote talk at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduced iOS 11, the next major software update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. As previously suspected, the mobile operating system has dropped support for legacy 32-bit apps.

Attempting to launch a 32-bit app on iOS 11 now yields a message, saying “The developer of this app needs to update it to work with iOS 11”. You can tap OK to dismiss the prompt or tap Learn More to open the full list of 32-bit-only apps that are currently installed on the device.

Apple’s Clips app, for example, requires a 64-bit iOS device and the new Files app is optimized for 64-bit computing. Starting with iOS 10.3, Apple began naming and shaming legacy apps via a new App Compatibility section in Settings → General → About → Applications.

TUTORIAL: How to identify legacy 32-bit apps on your iOS device

Any previously installed 32-bit apps are no longer available for re-download through the App Store’s Purchased tab. Moreover, 32-bit app no longer appear in App Store search.

The time is right to drop support for non-64-bit apps because running legacy 32-bit apps alongside 64-bit ones slows down the system as iOS has to load both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the kernel and system frameworks in the RAM.

Devices with the Apple-designed A7 or newer chips are 64-bit, including the sixth-gen iPod touch and every iPhone and iPad from their respective iPhone 5s and iPad Air models onward.

In fact, iOS 11 itself won’t run on a non-64-bit iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, meaning iPhone 5s, iPad Air and the sixth-generation iPod touch are now the entry-level devices for iOS 11.

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  • I’m also curious if this is a software limitation that can be bypassed with a jailbreak. Get rid of the popup for example, and see if older applications will launch.

  • osm70

    Question: Does removing 32-bit apps from the App Store mean that older 32-bit devices will no longer install anything?

    • Searching for 32-bit apps on App Store on a 32-bit device will show 32-bit apps, but not if you browse the store on a 64-bit device. In that case, legacy apps won’t be surfaces in App Store results.

      • BlackPantherK

        Off all devices that support iOS11, which devices are still 32-bit if I may ask?

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      • Vasu Chawla

        5s still supports 32-bit though supporting 64.

        64bit was introduced with 5s, but thats backward compatible so it does supports both.

        but to answer your question in different context, no 32-bit ONLY device supports iOS 11

        and ios 11 completely removes 32-bit support, as its 64-bit as its base.( as mentioned in wwdc)

        so even if your device suports 32-bit (ex 5s) updating to iOS 11 would mean no support for 32-bit.

      • BlackPantherK


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  • M P

    So no more call of duty world at war zombies?!?! 🙁

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