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Wireless speaker maker Pure appears to be more the first casualties in Apple’s war on 32-bit iOS apps.

Pure’s 32-bit Connect software for iThings won’t work on Apple’s new 64-bit-only iOS 11, meaning folks using Cupertino’s latest firmware and handsets can’t control their space-age hi-fis. The audio remote-control app joins various games, utilities and other 32-bit-only programs that are not allowed to run on iOS 11 and later.

Punters are urged to install the latest version of Apple’s operating system because it contains security bug patches. By upgrading or buying a new iPhone, folks have to ditch any old apps that haven’t been rebuilt as 64-bit ARMv8 executables, which includes Pure’s.


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Now Pure hardware owners who have moved to iOS 11 are complaining that their gizmos are “useless” without the Connect app to control them. Pure did not respond to El Reg‘s request for comment, and has not said when it expects a 64-bit app will be released. Android versions of Pure Connect are not affected, of course.

According to Pure’s website, a fix is in the works and an FAQ of workarounds via Wi-Fi can be found here. It may take some time for a rebuilt application to emerge as the people who wrote the code for the manufacturer are no longer in business, apparently.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, including the closure of our third-party app developer, and the subsequent release of Apple’s iOS11, a few of you may be experiencing issues accessing the Pure Connect app,” Pure told customers.

“Unfortunately, Apple’s decision to remove support for apps created prior to 2015, which don’t natively run in 64-bit mode, will undoubtedly affect many apps, including our own.”

Part of the problem, it seems, is Pure’s inability to maintain and update its own apps, and it is most likely not alone in this respect: companies that have outsourced their mobile app programming are finding themselves locked out of iOS 11 because they can’t get the code or the tools or the people to rebuild their contract-developed software. The iOS App Store shows that the last update to Pure Connect was on June 25, 2015, more than two years ago, so Pure has been without a mobile developer for a while, it seems.

So on the one hand, it’s a shame to see organizations that were relying on outside developers now being caught out by the iOS crackdown. On the other hand, it’s not an overnight change.

You can’t fault Apple for springing this one on companies and programmers. The Cupertino giant has been warning of the 64-bit changeover for years, and since early 2015 all new apps and updates have been required to be submitted to the online store in 64-bit mode. In March, the iOS 10.3 update also alerted world-plus-dog that all future versions of the firmware would not support apps compiled in 32-bit mode.

Apple’s last 32-bit-processor iPhone was the iPhone 5C, released in 2013 and discontinued in 2015.

“‘Due to circumstances beyond our control’ – yeah, and you’ve only had two years to update your app,” one Reg reader scoffed at Pure in an email to us earlier today. “That’s my Jongo speakers rendered useless after only a year.” ®

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iOS 11 Is Killing 32-Bit Apps. But This Is Good News

The latest version of your iPhone’s operating system comes with plenty of upgrades, and also a poop emoji that can frown when you do. But iOS 11 also thins the App Store herd, obsoleting older 32-bit apps with a single update. In other words, certain classics—like Flappy Bird—won’t work anymore.

That culling has left plenty of iPhone owners anxious. Apple intentionally breaking apps, some of which you paid genuine money for, creates both uneasy feelings and potential inconvenience. But it’s also an earnest attempt to improve the App Store experience, and the fallout isn’t as dramatic as you might think.

64-Bit or Bust

While iOS 11 leaves 32-bit apps behind, the move hasn’t taken developers by surprise. The company urged 64-bit compatibility starting in October 2014, giving them nearly three years to get up to speed. And while the upgrade takes a little more effort than just flipping a switch, it’s still a pretty straightforward process. (If any truant developers are reading this, here’s Apple’s documentation for making the jump.)

That developers have had nearly three years to get in line, and that doing so wasn’t particularly taxing, matters more than you might think in gauging why Apple’s banishing 32-bit boffins in the first place. Especially when you add in that the change doesn’t actually make a whit of difference in terms of how users experience the apps, and that there’s no significant technical reason for Apple to require it.

Instead, the mandatory overhaul acts as a mechanism to purge abandoned apps from the App Store en masse. If developers can’t be bothered to go 64-bit, they likely haven’t put much TLC into their software in general.

“Apple wants to get rid of dead apps,” says Eliran Sapir, CEO of app analytics company Apptopia. “By forcing developers to update their apps or face removal, they are essentially able to weed out the dead apps which are no longer relevant and are clogging the store and ruining discovery for everyone else.”

With more than three million iOS apps available for download, according to Apptopia’s database, solving that discovery problem has become a clear focus for Apple in iOS 11. The App Store got its biggest redesign in years this fall, including a dedicated, editorially curated “Today” tab that highlights its best offerings, and an enhanced search that now includes developers, in-app purchases, tips and tricks, and more in its results.

Torching 32-bit apps gives Apple an easy way to cut the worst of its chaff; Apptopia estimates that 14.3 percent of the App Store hasn’t embraced 64-bit as of this week, meaning iOS 11 will leave about 527,000 apps behind. There’s a chance that you might use a few of those regularly. But you can at least take some comfort in knowing that their loss makes it more likely that the next app you download has been reasonably maintained—and that whatever 32-bit apps you still have on your phone haven’t been.

What We Lose

In fairness, some genuinely fun and useful apps won’t make the cut. As Gizmodo points out, Flappy Bird is joined by the original Tetris and Midway Arcade (which included classics like Joust and Rampage) in that great big app dumpster in the sky. Longtime iOS users will feel the pinch the most, and they have every right to be aggrieved.

But in terms of what apps people actually download today, 32-bit offerings barely register. In fact, you can see for yourself; Apptopia has crunched the numbers on the most-downloaded and highest-grossing 32-bit apps from August.

August 2017 Worldwide Downloads

  1. VIEW Magazine

  2. Watches International

  3. Snowboard Racing Games Free

  4. GT Racing 2

  5. Saddle And Stirrups Magazine

  6. Al Jazeera English Magazine

  7. Fishing Kings Free+

  8. Batman:Arkham Origins

  9. Watch out Reflex Game

  10. YouTube Capture

August 2017 Worldwide Revenue

  1. Puzzle Bubble

  2. Oxford Handbook of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Second Edition

  3. Appisodio de Dora: La Gran Sorpresa de Perrito

  4. The King of the Fighters

  5. SpongeBob Bikini Bottom Sports

  6. Nick Jr. Draw & Play

  7. Dora’s Great Big World!

  8. Drone Control – Remote Control your AR Drone

  9. Bubble Puppy: Play and Learn

  10. Perfect Penalty 2012

All apologies to the Nickelodeon fans out there, but nothing here seems truly indispensable. And if anything on that list does jump out, your best bet is to email the publisher and yell at them for not yet boarding the 64-bit train.

Obsolescence is never fun. But saying goodbye to 32-bit apps does more good than harm—and makes your next App Store download a safer bet.

The Full Nerd episode 25: Core i9 review, build an Xbox One X PC, and Creative’s 32-bit sound card

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In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss Intel’s new Core i9-7900X ($1,000 on Newegg). This 10-core beast is the most powerful processor ever released, but is it a must buy? We dig in.

The gang also digs into Creative’s Sound BlasterX AE5 ($150 on Newegg), the first 32-bit sound card for consumers, and whether or not sound cards are worthwhile for PC gamers in the first place. (Spoiler: It depends.) Then we try to build an Xbox One X-beating PC for the same $500 price tag as Microsoft’s cutting-edge console. It gets bleak fast—but not as bleak as the current state of emergency around graphics cards.

And as always, we wrap thing ups by answering several questions straight from you.

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Apple macOS to End 32-bit App Support After High Sierra

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The Apple macOS is set to follow the new policy started by the company with the iOS 11, as the latest version of Mac’s operating system will be the last to fully support 32-bit apps.

Reuters/Stephen LamCraig Federighi, Senior Vice President Software Engineering speaks during the company’s annual world wide developer conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, U.S. June 5, 2017.

The newest version of Apple’s OS for Macs, called High Sierra, will be the last update that will support older 32-bit apps “without compromises,” according to the company, as quoted by the International Business Times. The latest macOS version was unveiled at the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2017, during the Platform State of the Union keynote segment of the event.

While High Sierra will continue to provide complete support for 32-bit apps, later updates will likely discontinue official backing for the older apps. The current version of the macOS gives developers ample time to update their existing apps to a 64-bit version, if they haven’t already, by June of next year.

For new apps, however, the restrictions will be more strictly applied. Beginning January 2018, the Apple Mac App Store will begin a policy of rejecting new apps that are still 32-bit.

Meanwhile, the mobile version of Apple’s OS is already ahead in terms of phasing out legacy 32-bit apps. In the newest version of iOS — the iOS 11 — 32-bit apps cannot be installed on a mobile device, and existing apps based on the older architecture will not be able to launch, according to Mac Rumors.

Users who try to open a 32-bit app with Apples newest iOS version will be greeted with a notification message that says that the developer of the app “needs to update it to work with iOS 11.”

Newer versions of macOS after High Sierra will begin to “aggressively” warn users about 32-bit apps, as Apple prepares users and developers alike to begin abandoning the old 32-bit platform.



32-Bit Apps No Longer Supported in iOS 11

Ahead of the launch of iOS 11, there were several signs suggesting 32-bit apps would no longer be supported in the new operating system, which has been confirmed with the release of the first iOS 11 beta.

When attempting to open a 32-bit app when running iOS 11, the app refuses to launch, offering up a message that says the app needs to be updated to work with iOS 11.

32-bit apps are also not available when searching in the new version of the App Store, and previously downloaded 32-bit apps can’t be installed through the Purchased tab.

Over the course of the last several months, warnings about 32-bit apps have gotten increasingly dire. With the launch of iOS 10.1 in October of 2016, Apple started warning customers that older apps “may slow down your iPhone.”

In January of 2017, the first iOS 10.3 beta featured an even more serious message when launching a 32-bit app, which specifically read “This app will not work with future versions of iOS.”

Given the warnings, it should come as no surprise that Apple has eliminated support for 32-bit apps, but it does render many older apps that have worked for years without updates unusable. There are likely many users who continue to use 32-bit apps regularly who will be surprised to find that those apps no longer work when iOS 11 rolls out to the public.

Apple started supporting 64-bit apps when the iPhone 5s launched in September of 2013. As of June 2015, all apps and app updates must use the 64-bit architecture, so apps that are still 32-bit have not been updated in at least two years.

Current iOS 10 users can check to see if there are any 32-bit apps on their iOS devices in the Settings app. Go to General –> About –> Applications to get to the “App Compatibility” section that lists any outdated apps.

iOS 11 is only compatible with devices that feature a 64-bit chip, meaning it works with everything that has an A7 or newer chip. Specifically, iOS 11 is compatible with iPhone 5s, SE, 6 Plus, 6, 6s Plus, 6s, 7 Plus, and 7, along with the new fifth-generation iPad, the iPad Air, the iPad Air 2, all iPad Pro models, the iPad mini 2 and later, and the 6th generation iPod touch.