Alexander: IPhone’s iOS 11 won’t run older apps

Q: I’ve been using an app called “Minimalist To Do List” on my iPhone 6 for about four years and have put a lot of pretty valuable information in it. When I recently updated the phone to the new iOS 11 operating system, I discovered I had a few apps, including that one, that wouldn’t work. Instead, I got a message that said that Minimalist To Do List “may slow down your iPhone. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.” But I haven’t been able to contact the developer, and I got no help from Apple or Verizon Wireless. Is there a way I can get my data back?

Chris Hoehn, Marysville, Ohio

A: No, the data is gone because your app won’t run on iOS 11.

You and others who upgraded their phones to the newest iPhone operating system have permanently lost the use of some older iPhone apps that use what’s called “32-bit computer architecture.” They won’t run on iOS 11 and Apple won’t let you to “downgrade” your phone to an older version of iOS.

Unless you follow Apple’s announcements closely, you could easily have missed its disclosure earlier this year that iOS 11 would abandon the use of 32-bit apps. But the impact was significant. When iOS 11 was introduced in September, the Apple App Store still contained more than 180,000 apps that were incompatible with it, including “Minimalist To Do List.”

Minimalist” was created for iOS 4 and was last updated in 2012. The most recent information on its developer’s website is two years old, which probably means the app will never be updated.

Technology and marketing influence Apple’s changes.

Prior to the iPhone 5s, the iPhone used a 32-bit processor chip that stored data using memory addresses that were 32 characters. But it became clear that for iPhones to compute faster and store more data, the 32-bit processor chips and their software had to be replaced by 64-bit versions. When a 64-bit processor chip is paired with 64-bit software (memory addresses are 64 characters), it can run twice as fast and use 256 times more memory than a 32-bit chip.

As a result, Apple in 2013 began putting 64-bit chips in the iPhone 5s and its successors. But, to avoid making the thousands of existing 32-bit apps in the App Store instantly obsolete, Apple “grandfathered them in” by making its future operating systems run both old 32-bit and new 64-bit apps.

But Apple clearly didn’t want to support the aging 32-bit technology forever and began urging developers to rewrite their apps in 64-bit architecture. As a result, most of the App Store’s 2.2 million apps are now 64-bit software. That made it safe for Apple to change its marketing strategy and end the use of old 32-bit apps with the introduction of iOS 11.

Apple has not yet removed all of the remaining 32-bit apps from its App Store. As of last week, the “Minimalist To Do List” was still there. But users of iOS 11 need not worry that they will get an unworkable app. The App store only shows you apps that will work on your version of iOS.

Those who haven’t upgraded to iOS 11 yet can check to see which of their apps will be affected and choose not to upgrade if a much-loved app will no longer work. Go to Settings, choose General, select About and then click Applications.

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Gears 4 campaign, Horde mode can run at 60 fps on Xbox One X

Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition has finally revealed the game’s Xbox One X enhancements, and chief among them is the ability to play both the story campaign and Horde mode at a frame rate of “up to [60 frames per second].”

That’s twice the frame rate of Gears 4 on a standard Xbox One or Xbox One S, where the campaign and Horde mode run at 30 frames per second in 1080p resolution. This is a welcome improvement, since most developers delivering enhancements like this tend to focus on smoothing out the frame rate rather than bumping it all the way up to 60 fps. (Crystal Dynamics’ Rise of the Tomb Raider, which offers three different visual modes on both consoles, is an outlier in this respect.)

Xbox One X owners who choose to play Gears 4 in Performance mode will get 1080p resolution with a 60 fps target, as well as higher-resolution textures and “some of the new enhanced graphical features available in Visuals mode,” according to The Coalition. The Visuals mode leaves the frame rate at 30 fps for campaign and Horde, but quadruples the resolution to 4K (3840×2160), uses ultra-quality textures, and includes “a wealth of new and improved graphical features.” Here’s the list of graphical improvements:

  • enhanced light shafts (aka “god rays”)
  • dynamic shadows
  • increased draw distances
  • better reflections
  • increased texture detail on character models

Gears 4’s competitive multiplayer component, Versus mode, will run at 60 fps in 4K resolution on an Xbox One X — with adaptive resolution scaling to maintain that frame rate — regardless of whether a player has selected Performance or Visuals mode. (That’s quadruple the resolution of Versus mode on a regular Xbox One, where the multiplayer runs at 1080p60.)

The free Xbox One X update for Gears 4 will be available alongside the console’s worldwide launch on Nov. 7.

Virtro Entertainment Releases “Run Dorothy Run” for Sony PlayStation VR | Games industry press releases

The Oz You Never Imagined, in Endless Runner Rhythm Game

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Vancouver, Canada. October 20, 2017. Virtro Entertainment – the female-led VR indie game studio out of Vancouver, Canada, today announced the release of  Run Dorothy Run – an immersive endless-runner and rhythm VR game, with a cheeky take on the classic novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The game is being released on Sony PlayStation VR in the Fall of 2017, with other platforms to follow shortly after.

Run, jive, and bop your way through the world of Oz to an electro-swing soundtrack while the story unfolds. Explore fantastical lands in your journey through the Emerald City, the Scorched Plains, the Wicked Witch’s castle, and more. Clash with enemies, collect magic crystals, and activate power-ups, all to an irresistible dance beat. Unravel the curious alliance Dorothy makes with the Wizard of Oz to settle a score with the maybe-not-so-Wicked Witch. But don’t take yourself too seriously—navigate the crazy plot twists with your tongue firmly in your cheek.

“Right from the early days of development, we brought in play-testers each week to give us insights we could use to evolve the game into the rich story and immersive experience we have today,” said Jordan Brighton, Virtro’s cofounder and CEO. “We’ve had hundreds of play-testers, ranging from total newbies to VR aficionados. They loved the actual VR experience, but just as importantly, they loved the zany story-telling. Let’s just say ‘Ozzy’ and ‘Effy’ – who we know from the book as the Wizard and the Wicked Witch – emerge as you never imagined.”

Run Dorothy Run is a physically engaging, hyper-energetic, action-packed adventure. It is Virtro’s first title, and is designed specifically for virtual reality.

To arrange an interview, obtain more information, or to get on the list for a pre-launch Sony key for Run Dorothy Run, please contact alison@virtro.ca

About Virtro Entertainment

An independent VR gaming studio based in Vancouver, Canada, Virtro was founded by the female Aussie duo Jordan and Lee Brighton. Virtro designs Everyone-Rated VR game titles that blend excellent storytelling, effects, art, music, and VR technology.  Virtro values a culture of inclusion and diversity –  in both the team and in the titles the team designs. www.virtro.ca .  Follow Virtro on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Hands-on: Using Parallels 13 to run Windows on Mac with ease [Video]

If you’re a Mac user who needs quick and fast access to a Windows installation, then in many cases it’s a good idea to go with a Virtual Machine. Parallels is one of the most popular virtualization options for Mac users wishing to run Windows, and the latest version, Parallels 13, makes it ridiculously easy to get up and running.

Via what essentially amounts to an unattended installation of Windows 10, Parallels 13 can have you up and running, from download to usage, in just a few minutes. Watch our brief video walkthrough for a demonstration.

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When it comes to running Windows on the Mac, there are quite a few options to explore. You can now with a tried an true Windows Boot camp installation, a Windows To Go install, or one of the many virtualization options available.

There are free virtualization options available, but if you’re looking for sheer ease of use and dead-simple installation, Parallels 13 is hard to beat. You can go from not having Windows, to having a Windows 10 installation in just a few clicks. Best of all, the majority of the install process is completely unattended, so you can just set it and forget it.

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As you might expect from a major new release, Parallels 13 includes several new features that are enhancements over previous versions of the software. Most notably, it also officially supports macOS High Sierra.

One of my favorite new features is the new Picture-in-Picture mode, which allows you to keep a virtual instance on screen at all times. This is handy for being able to monitor one more more virtual machines simultaneously, while still working in macOS.

There is also extensive utilization of the MacBook Pro Touch Bar in Parallels 13. Although I no longer own a machine donning a Touch Bar, users can expect to be able to interface directly with Windows applications using the dynamic input method.

There are other new items in Parallels 13, including People Bar integration directly in the macOS Dock. This features allows users to have one-click access to frequently used contacts, and comes with more overall flexibility in the Parallels environment than it does on Windows itself.

But of all things included with this latest version of Parallels, I most appreciate the sheer ease-of-use provided by the software. Installing Windows, frankly, couldn’t be easier, and being able to run multiple virtualized software instances via Picture-in-Picture is a very nice feature to have.

Some may have rightly questioned my decision to upgrade my 5K iMac with 40 GB of RAM, but such a choice pays off when running more than one virtual machine. In that case, the more RAM the better, since  you must individually assign each instance with resources from your overall system pool. It also means that the upcoming iMac Pro’s 8, 10, and 18-core processor options will be well-suited for virtualization. Just be sure to get as much RAM as you can, since it won’t be user-replaceable.

To be sure, Parallels 13 is an investment, especially when you consider that using Boot Camp, or software like Virtual Box is free. However, you’re paying for sheer convenience in the case of Parallels. There’s no need to restart your Mac into Windows, and installation is more or less effortless. Performance won’t be as good as running Windows directly, but virtualization has made significant strides over the past few years. For example, Parallels will even be able to take advantage of external GPU resources once Apple unlocks that ability in macOS High Sierra next spring. If you value convenience, then the $80 price of admission may be worth it to you.

We’re giving away two copies of Parallels 13 for free. Here’s how to win:

Leave a comment on our @9to5Mac Parallels 13 Instagram post telling us how you plan on using the virtualization software. The first two valid replies will receive a free activation code via Instagram DM, so make sure you follow us there.

Update: giveaway winners (@_dlmc88_ and @derexed) have been selected. Thank you to all who entered. Stay tuned for more giveaways.

‘Grand Theft Auto Online’ (ALL) Adds Transform Races, Double GTA$ & RP, Smuggler’s Run Discounts

Switch between the interconnected lives of Michael, Trevor and Franklin as they embark on a series of heists across Los Santos and Blaine County in the biggest, deepest and richest open world experience yet, with game world enhancements that include new wildlife, upgraded weather and damage effects, and an array of new details to discover.

The new generation upgrades also extend to Grand Theft Auto Online, an ever-evolving Grand Theft Auto universe. Rise through the criminal ranks by banding together to complete Jobs for cash, purchase properties, vehicles and character upgrades, compete in traditional competitive modes, or create your own content to play and share with the Grand Theft Auto community.

Transform Races is now available for free download in the dynamic world of GTA Online.

The next evolution of Stunt Racing in GTA Online, Transform Races enable players to instantly morph between land, sea and air vehicles mid-race, creating radical new track designs and race types. Switch between a wide array of vehicles across various classes – from nimble planes like the Besra and Molotok to speedy Super cars like the Vagner and Zentorno, and even versatile Special Vehicles like the Ruiner 2000 and Rocket Voltic. Courses include 15 new Rockstar Created Races, with more to be added later this fall, as well as the ability to concoct your own brand of madness with the Race Creator.

Rockstar Created Races

  1. Gauntlet II – There’s the surgically precise fighter pilot, and there’s the maniac with his foot on the floor of a Phantom Wedge. You’ll need to be both here. Featuring the Molotok, Motorcycles, the Phantom Wedge and the Oppressor.
  2. Get Wrecked – Get creative above the Los Santos Docklands on this destructive lap Transform Race. Featuring the Seashark, Shotaro, Super cars, the Mallard, and Havok.
  3. Home Run – You haven’t thrown a real San Andreas no-hitter until you’ve taken five vehicles through the land, sea and airspace of Blaine County. Featuring Super cars, the Vortex, Mallard, Seashark and Havok.
  4. Junk Yard – When the apocalypse finally gets underway in San Andreas, and the world lies in ruins, you can bet there will be some interesting racing opportunities in amongst the wreckage. Get practicing for the big day. Featuring Motorcycles, the Seashark and Mallard.
  5. McKenzie – If you want all the highs and lows of Blaine County with none of the itches and nosebleeds, this point to point Transform Race that starts on Motorcycles is for you. Also featuring the Besra, Blazer Aqua, Zentorno and Trophy Truck.
  6. Mixed-Up – Watch as the docklands, airport, business district and Legion Square all bleed into a single migraine-inducing blur in this Lap Transform Race. Featuring Super cars, the Besra, Ramp Buggy and Rocket Voltic.
  7. Neon Mountain – Ever wondered what it would be like to drop a few tabs and race through the title sequence of some vintage 80s sci-fi? Featuring Motorcycles, the Besra and Seashark.
  8. Plummet III – Make short work of the stratosphere in a really expensive sports car – with a twist or four. Featuring Sports cars, the Besra, Blazer Aqua, Havok and Akuma.
  9. Separation – Start off strapped into the lovechild of a supercar and a space shuttle. Throw in a tightly-wound stunt plane and a herd of pocket-sized helicopters, and your multitasking better be up to scratch. Featuring the Rocket Voltic, the Mallard, Havok and Motorcycles.
  10. Slalom – Whether you’re weaving through obstacles on two wheels, four wheels or two wings, the fundamental skills are the same: balance, precision, and dodging the flaming wrecks of your former competitors. Featuring Motorcycles, the Mallard and XA-21.
  11. Slam Dunk – Line your shot up perfectly, let the pressure slide right off you, and hit nothing but net. Then watch the guy behind you screw it up by a few feet and see his flying muscle car explode on the rim. Featuring Motorcycles, the Ruiner 2000, Besra, Blazer, Hauler and Whippet.
  12. Split Personality – You’ve only got a few seconds of hurtling down Mount Chiliad on a BMX to make that age-old decision. Left or right? With the pack or on your own? Jet-powered super car or flying motorbike? Featuring BMXes, the FMJ, Rocket Voltic, Besra, Oppressor and Parachutes.
  13. The Dragon – What could be more appropriate for a diverse and cosmopolitan city like Los Santos than a race track in honor of the Chinese year of the Giant-Dragon-with-a-Fighter-Jet-in-its-Mouth? Featuring Compacts, the Faggio Sport, Molotok and Vagner.
  14. Vinewood Thrills – Cruise under the Vinewood sign and ride an antique sailboat off the coast – inside a five minute lap with an executive chopper and a supercar joining the dots. Featuring Motorcycles, the Swift, Marquis, Seabreeze and Vagner.
  15. Warped – You’re in a freefalling supercar above the business district. You blink, and you’re piloting a jet fighter. Blink again, and you’re not quite sure if this is a rocket-powered Super or a flimsy ultralight. Featuring Super cars, the Molotok, Rocket Voltic, Ultralight and parachutes.

Experience the chaotic and competitive nature of Transform Races with the added benefit of Double GTA$ & RP now through Thursday, October 26th. And look for more Rockstar Created Transform Races to be added later this fall, as well as the ability to concoct your own brand of madness with the Race Creator.

MASSIVE SMUGGLER’S RUN SALE AND MORE IN THIS WEEK’S BONUSES

Solidifying the benefit of having friends in low places, keep an eye on your iFruit for Lamar’s Contact Missions, now paying out Double GTA$ & RP through October 26th. Plus, make the most of your illicit earnings with big discounts on the following Smuggler’s Run aircraft, now through October 26th:

  • LF-22 Starling – 25% off (both Buy it Now and Trade Price)
  • V-65 Molotok – 25% off (both Buy it Now and Trade Price)
  • Buckingham Alpha-Z1 – 25% off (both Buy it Now and Trade Price)

Legendary Motorsport is also getting in on the action this week, discounting a pair of popular Super cars:

  • Grotti Visione – 25% off
  • Ocelot XA-21 – 25% off

And if you’re looking to make a few tweaks to your new set of wings or wheels, be sure to take advantage of the following discounts:

  • Engine Upgrades – 25% off
  • Turbo Upgrades – 25% off
  • Suspension Upgrades – 25% off
  • Handling Upgrades – 25% off

PREMIUM RACE & TIME TRIAL SCHEDULE

October 17th – 23rd

  • Premium Stunt Race – “45°” (Locked to Motorcycles)
  • Time Trial – “Down Chiliad”

October 24th – 30th

  • Premium Stunt Race – “Green Machine” (Locked to Super)
  • Time Trial – “Del Perro Pier”

Launch Premium Races through the Quick Job App on your in-game phone or via the yellow corona at Legion Square. The top three finishers will earn GTA$ and you’ll get Triple RP regardless of where you place. To take a shot at the Time Trial, set a waypoint to the marker on your in-game map and enter via the purple corona. Beat par time and you’ll be duly rewarded with GTA$ & RP payouts.

To celebrate, Transform Races will be delivering double GTA$ & RP now until Monday, October 26th. Also live this week are massive discounts on Smuggler’s Run aircraft and much more.

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