Apple is getting ready to launch iOS 11 which will add some pretty cool features for the iPhone and iPad. While Apple is adding new features to the operating system, the company has also decided to remove over 180,000 apps from the App Store when iOS 11 is released.
Yeah, that’s right. Apple has made it clear that it will no longer support 32-bit apps when iOS 11 is released. According to a report, the tech giant plans to remove more than 187,000 apps in the App Store before October.
This isn’t surprising for too many developers since rumors were popping up of Apple ending support for 32-bit apps back when Apple introduced the iPhone 5S in 2013 which sported a 64-bit processor. Earlier this year, developers started getting a message that warned them that 32-bit apps wouldn’t work when iOS 11 became available.
The intelligence firm Sensor Tower estimated that there are nearly 200,000 32-bit apps in the App Store which makes up for 8 percent of all apps available for iOS. Most of these 32-bit apps consist of games, namely 38,619, followed by education, entertainment and lifestyle apps.
What happens if users don’t upgrade to iOS 11? Well, according to Senor Tower, Apple will allow users to download these apps if they are running iOS 10 or older, however, the company still plans to remove these apps in the future if developers fail to update them.