Apple alerts iOS 8 app developers to 64-bit requirement


Apple has posted an alert on Monday on the News and Updates section on its developers website. This post is to remind the iOS app developers starting from February 1 all the new iOS 8 applications submitted to the App store must include the 64-bit support. This notice is for the app developers ahead of the Apple’s plan to migrate to the comprehensive 64-bit app store.


The post is as follows,

As a reminder, beginning February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the app store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

Apple has posted similar note last month in which Apple has made a distinction between new titles and the app updates and it added that 64-bit support is required only for the first time submission of the app. Along with the 64-bit code, apps that are submitted newly also required to be built using the iOS 8 SDK.

Developers who want to update their existing apps can do it until June, 2015 into 64-bit and iOS 8 SDK support. Apple is the first company to deliver the 64-bit processing capabilities when iPhone 5S debuted with A7 SoC in 2013, in the mainstream handy device. This feature was widely rejected by the industry. But after sometime, Qualcomm modified their mobile hardware roadmaps to adjust to the Apple’s aggressive rollout.

According to some sources, A7 has created some panic to the chip manufacturers, fueled by the pressure from OEMs cautious step to fall behind the innovation curve.

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