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Any Way To Tell If An App Is 32-Bit?

03-15-2017, 07:52 PM
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: California
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Any Way To Tell If An App Is 32-Bit?

I'm seeing a lot of games suddenly go on sale this month, many of which haven't been updated in years. Is there any way to tell before you purchase if an App is on Apple's kill list when iOS 11 is released? This strikes me as possibly underhanded on the part of the developers of these orphaned Apps (I'm looking at you Fusion Reactions and your unsupported 100 Rogues).
03-16-2017, 12:46 PM
Joined: Feb 2009
Posts: 367
It's unfair to say that the sales are underhanded. Anyone using an iPhone older than the 5S or the iPad Air/ Mini 2 won't be able to update their systems, and surprisingly that counts for a large number of consumers. There are over 1 billion active iOS devices in the wild, after all.

A safe bet is that any app whose last update is prior to June 2015 is not 64-bit. If the last update was prior to February 2015, the chances are even higher.

In October 2014, Apple announced to developers that all new apps created after February 1, 2015 must have 64-bit support. Shortly after, Apple announced that all updates to apps must also be 64-bit compatible. Any 32-bit apps submitted to Apple after June 2015 are rejected. Last September, Apple announced that it was going to remove any apps from the App Store that did not “function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines, or are outdated.” Presumably, this would include apps that did not meet the 64-bit requirement.

The only part of the quote that's demonstrably wrong is the timeline for removing 32-bit apps.

Here's another article with more information on the 64-bit transition

Last edited by Saucepolicy; 03-16-2017 at 12:55 PM.
03-21-2017, 03:29 AM
All the Cave bullet hell games are affected as well as some tin man games apps, some dotemu games, Canabalt, Shantae pirates curse, epoch 2, Mage gauntlet, streets of rage 3 and counterspy. This is terrible! There are so many even discontinued ones like quarrel deluxe and burnout crash. Do you think cave will update to 64bit?