Apple test hints that iOS 11 will be the end-of-life for outdated, 32-bit applications

Ahead of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference today, and the expected announcement of iOS 11, the company briefly removed older, 32-bit iOS applications from appearing in the App Store’s search results. The change, which appears to have been a short test on Sunday, could have impacted a sizable portion of the App Store’s long tail.

According to data collected by Sensor Tower in March, there are approximately 187,000 iOS applications – or 8 percent of the App Store’s roughly 2.4 million apps – that haven’t been updated to take advantage of the 64-bit processors found in all new iPhones since the iPhone 5S.

64-bit applications became available on the App Store with the launch of Apple’s A7 processor on the iPhone 5S in September 2013. The company then introduced…

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