Apple’s iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps
Well the time has come to begin the end of the 32 bit application. What this means to the general public is that certain older applications may no longer work if you install the latest iOS on your iPhone. Owners of iPhones and iPads who install the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system will find that some older apps will stop working.
Android still allows for 32 and 64 bit applications to co-exist as well as Windows/Linux but Apple will start to force developers to upgrade their application.
What does this mean to the general public ?
Dropping support for 32-bit software lets Apple streamline its operating system and helps it run more quickly since it no longer needs to load software libraries to make sense of the older programs.
A 64-bit application signifies how much data a processor can handle at once – the larger the figure, the faster a computer can potentially operate. That is in theory but in life you have developers that sometimes do not properly code and you end up with a buggy application.
Microsoft is the biggest example of keeping legacy programs working and it is to keep as many things as compatible as possible for as long as possible. Is a 32 bit application that bad, not really and it all depends on what is being done with the application. If a 32 bit application is processing XML files for distribution to a SQL server than it will speed up in a 64 bit world but it still works.
End of the party
Most people really do not know the difference and may not realize their applications were 32 bit until they upgrade the iOS operating system. Than they may be in for a shock when it no longer works. This is the reality and Apple is forcing everyone to go with them if you want to use their equipment.