Are you excited for iOS 11 update?
We sure are!
If you’re someone who has his own iOS app published on Apple App Store, then you may probably have a couple of questions about the latest version of iOS 11, and how it can benefit your published iOS app.
Now, the first thing you need to know about iOS 11 app update is that the newer Apple devices will soon not run any of the available 32 bit iOS apps.
In fact, Apple has been showing these signs since iOS 10.1 that 32 bit apps would no longer be supported in the new operating system. And this has been confirmed with the release of the first iOS 11 beta launch.
When you attempt to open a 32 bit iOS app on an iOS 11 supported device, the app will refuse to launch, showing a message saying that the app needs to be updated to work with iOS 11.
32 bit apps are also not available when searching in the new version of App Store, and previously installed 32 bit apps cannot be re-installed through purchased tab.
However, if you look at the bright side, there are certain benefits of iOS 11 update as well.
Benefits of Upgrading iOS App From 32 Bit to 64 Bit
As you probably know that the App Store in iOS 11 is redesigned. To put it simply, the new redesigned Apple App Store makes it a lot easier for users to discover new apps with tabs for Games, Apps, Popular Apps, etc.
Though, the apps which have not been updated for a long time by their developers may get a little behind in the App Store as the new iOS 11 will be focusing more to highlight better content in the App Store.
So, if you’re one of those app owners who hasn’t updated their apps for a long time, then this is the perfect opportunity to bypass all your competitors and get to the top.
By simply improving UX of your app.
As mentioned that Apple is targeting content in the iOS 11 update. So, if you have an app that hasn’t been updated for a while, then the option to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit makes complete sense.
Well first, if your app is 32 bit, then you’re going to have to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit anyway, so why not increase the chances of getting ahead of your competitors when the iOS 11 rolls out publicly.
Now of course, you might not have an in-house team of creative designers or expert developers like Uber or Amazon who can upgrade iOS app from 32 bit to 64 bit, but there are options such as hire freelancers or hire Mobile app UI / UX designer to help you improve your app’s UI as well as UX.
In fact, if you own a 32 bit iOS app currently published on Apple App Store and doesn’t want to lose your audience when the iOS 11 rolls out publicly, you can approach a mobile app development company to help you upgrade iOS app from 32 bit to 64 bit along with UX improvements in your app and re-submit it to the Apple App Store.
By doing so, the number one benefit you’ll get is that you will not lose any of your audience even when iOS 11 rolls out publicly, and your audience will still be able to use your app.
Another benefit is that after improving UX of your app to iOS 11 standards, your app is more likely to be ranked above your competitors once iOS 11 is released.
While all these benefits might still not tempt you to upgrade, but as mentioned earlier, it’s necessary for you to upgrade your app, unless you want to lose your entire audience.
Why It’s Necessary?
The most obvious reason, as stated in the last sentence, to update to 64-bit is that your app will stop working if you don’t.
Now, Apple has not given a drop-dead date yet for all 32 bit apps, but the release of a stable version of iOS 11 is a good guess. So, most probably September-October of this year, at the latest.
While the 64 bit apps utilize a bit more RAM than the 32 bit apps, but the modern Apple devices have more than enough RAM to power the 64 bit apps running on them.
Lately, It has become a common complaint that 64 bit apps use more memory. That’s actually fair, but not directly applicable to the iOS apps. Apple’s platform is using ARC memory management to automatically manage memory in the most situations.
Not only that, but it will also encourage iPhone developers to use Swift. We’re already witnessing Apple treat Objective-C as a ran in documentation, so App owners who wants to get most out of Apple’s toolkits, this is the right time to re-write their iOS apps in newer Swift.
Now, once Apple ditches 32 bit apps on iOS, we should also expect Apple to drop them from App Store. While company is willing to give App owners some time to update their apps after the iOS 11 release, but that timeframe won’t be long.
So, that’s again the main reason to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit.
Moreover, thinning the App Store would be a good thing. Apple always likes to talk about how many apps are now available on the App Store, but that stands in contrast to App owners complaining that it’s becoming more difficult to stand out.
Therefore, with a less-crowded space, It’ll be easier for App owners to get more business out of their apps again.
In fact, our in-house team of iPhone app developers have already signed up for the developer beta version of iOS 11 and started experimenting with the new features. So, if you’ve any 32-bit app that you wish to convert into 64 bit, we can help with that. Just fill out our Contact Us form and our sales representative will get back to you within 24 hours.