Just how many apps could be affected? Based on an analysis done by SensorTower, about 187,000 apps or eight per cent of the 2.4 million apps on the App Store will become obsolete if they are not updated to the 64-bit version.
Leading the list of apps that would be potentially affected is Games. There are over 38,000 32-bit apps in this category on the App Store. This is followed by 19,000 in the Education category and 14,000 in Entertainment. It is now up to the developers of these apps to update to 64-bit mode.
Apple has not yet officially confirmed that the 32-bits apps will become obsolete in iOS 11 but it looks like we can expect it with the next major update to the iOS later this fall based on the message on the latest beta version.
To see a list of 32-bit apps on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod), first, make sure you have the latest version of iOS 10.3.1 installed on your device then go to Settings – General – About – Applications.
If by chance you have 32-bit apps that you are using regularly, then it would be advisable to export your data and check with the developer to see if he is planning to update it, if not, now is a good time to look for a 64-bit replacement.
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