Yes, it is serious! Apple’s next move might involve ditching a thousand apps from the App Store in Q3 of this year.
It may not be something to be worried about for some but definitely for others.
As you must be knowing – Apple still follows a 32-bit environment for iOS. With the next major update coming in September, iOS would follow a 64-bit environment.
Officially, iOS 11 marks the end of a 32-bit environment on iPhone.
To be sure that the applications are compatible with iOS 11, Apple has included a compatibility check tool on iOS 10.3 beta build where users can observe which of their apps would completely stop working on iOS 11. So, you get to decide whether to upgrade to iOS 11 or not. If all of your important applications are compatible, you are good to go. However, if those are not, you might end up spending a lot of time to search for alternatives (worst case – you may not find an alternative!).
The developers are instructed to update the applications accordingly. Unfortunately, there are still thousands of apps on the App Store following the 32-bit environment. If they push an update to address the issue, you can easily upgrade to iOS 11 and keep using them without any trouble.
Well, whether or not, they would get an update, remains questionable. So, we shall have to wait for it with the release of iOS 10.3.
Have you tried the iOS 10.3 beta build? If yes, we would like you to share your experience with the compatibility check tool in the comments below.
In either case, what do you think about Apple’s move to switch to a 64-bit environment with iOS 11? Is it too early? Is it what we needed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.