The CBT team have told you about some of the exciting new features coming to your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11, but there’s one “feature” that many users are going to be upset about: Some of your apps, possibly including apps you use every day, will stop working.
What does this mean for you? It could mean nothing. You may not use any apps that are still 32-bit, meaning the developers have updated their apps to 64-bit, which is Apple’s newest specs. If you’re concerned that an app you love or use often may be affected and you want to make sure you know what you’re getting into before downloading iOS 11, you can check if the apps on your phone are 32-bit in the following steps.
How to check which applications are still 32-bit on iPhone and iPad
Note: These steps will only work if you have iOS 10.3 installed, so you will have to update your iPhone to the new software first.
- 1. One finger double tap the Settings app from your Home screen.
2. One finger double tap General.
3. One finger double tap About.
4. One finger double tap Applications.
Here you will be given a list of the applications that are still 32-bit. These are the apps that may be in danger of not working on iOS 11.
Note: If you tap on Applications, and no list of apps shows up, it means you don’t have any apps that are 32-bit.
5. On the list of those with updates available, tap an affected app’s name to go to its store page. Download any updates and see if iOS still flags up the app’s compatibility.
6. If the app’s no longer available, has no updates, or isn’t fixed by updating it, check if an upgrade is available as a separate app: search for the developer’s name in the App Store and look for anything that sounds similar to the app you’re trying to update.
7. Ask the developer if there are plans for an update or a replacement app.
8. If an app has been delisted, hasn’t been updated in years, or if the developer itself has said there are no plans to update it, then you might need to find something to take its place.
9. If there’s no update for the app, try searching for keywords relevant to the app on the App Store for alternatives.
It is up to the developers to maintain and update their apps, but you can look at the App Store description of the app and see when the last update was made available. If the app hasn’t been updated in a while, it may be an indication that the developers have decided to stop supporting that app.
If you have any unfinished games, now is the time to finish them, I recently purchased a bundle pack for $20 from an audio game developer and just discovered they are 32 bit.