If you’re a developer and your apps are still running on iOS 7, you need to get down to work! Apple announced that in 2015 all the submitted apps should meet their requirements. Find out what you need to do!
What you need to do
Starting from 1st February 2015, all the new apps submitted to the app store must be built with the iOS 8 SDK. This obviously comes as no surprise, as it did the same last year with the iOS 7 SDK.
But that’s not all. This time, iOS devs should also include a 64-bit support. Right now, developers can choose whether they want to submit just 32-bit or universal binaries. Starting from February 1st this will no longer be an option. According to Apple, shifting all the existing apps and the new ones to 64-bits will increase not only the performance but the apps will take less memory storage on the devices that have an A7 or A8 chip. 32-bit apps in fact, need further loading of resources into the system’s memory.
The first time we saw 64-bit supported device was with the release of the iPhone 5s and the introduction of the A7 chip. There was a lot of fuss about this chip, many developers thought it would not bring additional benefit on a device’s performance but apparently, it’s no longer like this. We have seen many manufactures that started using the 64-bit chip in their product.
For the moment, Apple will not remove any app from the App Store, therefore apps would be affected only if these have to submit additional features or fix any bug in the app.
How can you update your apps?
If you want to enable the 64–bit in your app, Apple suggests to use the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.
Luckily for all the iOS developers, adapting to the change will take only a few days of development at the very most. As you already know, most of our apps are already updated to iOS 8, similarly we encourage all our developers to do the same and to submit all the new apps in 64-bit.
52% of devices are using iOS 8!
From its release up until the 27th of October, users’ usage of iOS 8 had reached a substantial 52%, and all that in just 5 weeks from its release. This obviously means that there’s been a rise of interest from users, especially after the 2nd iOS 8 update. We can imagine that today the percentage is even higher and as users will update their devices they’ll do the same to their apps. Because of that, Apple is pressuring all iOS developers to update their apps to iOS 8 before February 1st as they will no longer be able to submit apps of previous versions. So if you haven’t already, it’s time to do it!