If you’re a developer, listen up: it’s time to make sure your apps can support iOS 8 and Apple’s 64-bit ARM processors. Otherwise, you won’t be able to submit them to the App Store anymore.
Apple has just issued the latest — and probably the last — warning to App Store developers, letting them know that new apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be compatible with iOS 8 by February 1st.
This requirement has been a while coming. Apple introduced its first 64-bit ARM chipset with 2013’s A7, which debuted in the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina Display. 64-bit support allows for more powerful, battery-efficient performance on iOS devices, but only when running apps programmed to support it.
Apple’s been pretty laid-back about developers getting their apps up to speed with 64-bit, but it looks like the hammer’s finally going to come down, at least for devs who submit new apps to the iOS App Store, or decide to update old ones.
That’s sure to annoy a few hardliners, but for the rest of us, it’s a boon which will result in apps that run better on more recent devices.