iOS 11 is expected to roll out in September, just in time for this year's new iPhones and tablets. We can't wait to try out the new iMessage features, smarter Siri with translation support, new Camera and Photo effects and filters, redesigned Control Center and lock screen, improved Apple Maps, new "Do Not Disturb Mode," HomeKit 2 and a redesigned App Store.
But as usual, along with the new features, both announced and unannounced, that it will bring are major changes that millions of users may not like. Additionally, older Apple gadgets will be rendered obsolete since they can't be updated to iOS 11.
One big change with iOS 11 that you ought to know is its move to a pure 64-bit environment, marking the end of 32-bit app support. This switch will inevitably kill off more than 200,000 apps that are still coded for the 32-bit environment. Yep, about 8 percent of all apps currently in the Apple App Store can be potentially killed off!
Actually, Apple has been slowly transitioning app developers to update their apps to make them 64-bit compatible. You may have seen the "may slow down your iPhone" warning on certain apps, urging developers to "improve compatibility." Well, with iOS 11, this warning may not be necessary since these older apps will no longer work.
To further stress the importance of 64-bit compliance for users and app developers, you can find out if your favorite app is not ready for iOS 11 through the "App Compatibility" section under Settings.
Here's how to check: Open your iOS gadgets Settings app then tap "About." Next tap on "Applications" to see all your installed apps that need to be updated.
This is the sternest reminder yet for developers and hopefully, by getting iOS gadget owners involved, the havoc of the 64-bit transition will be minimized as much as possible.
Say goodbye to older iPhones and iPads
Related to the shift to a purely 64-bit environment, iOS 11 will not be available for 32-bit devices like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPad 4 and older. The oldest devices that can support iOS 11 will be the iPhone 5s (including the iPhone SE) and the iPad Air.
Here's a list of iOS 11 capable devices:
- iPhone 5S and newer
- Any iPad Air
- Any iPad Pro
- iPad mini 2 and newer
- iPod touch (6th generation)
Even then, although supported, new iOS 11 features won't be available to every device. For example, the new Control Center 3D Touch features will obviously not work with non-3D Touch capable devices (iPhone 6 and older) nor will the fancy ARKit enabled augmented reality apps.
Keep in mind that although your Apple gadget cannot be upgraded to iOS 11, it doesn't mean that it will be unusable. It will still be functional with the most recent iOS version it's compatible with. However, it will no longer receive updates so think about upgrading to a newer gadget soon.
What do you think? Is your old iPhone or favorite app on Apple's chopping block? Drop us a comment!