Almost 200,000 apps might become obsolete in new iOS 11 update

05 Apr
2017

Be careful with the OS update – tech experts say iOS 11 may render up to 200,000 apps obsolete.

According to tech firm SensorTower, Apple is likely to drop support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11 around this fall. “It’s likely that Apple is aiming to reduce the “bloat” and increase the performance of future iOS versions on new 64-bit devices with this (potential) move,” wrote the firm.

Because of this, approximately 187,000 apps or 8 per cent of the apps in the App Store worldwide will no longer be compatible. Games make up the largest proportion of the apps likely to be affected by this update, accounting for 38,600 of the 187,000 apps or 20.6 per cent of the total.

To prevent their apps from getting obsolete, the developers can choose to update their apps for 64-bit processors – or you, as the user, can contact and prompt them to do an update. But when you’re at it, you can also download newer apps, too.