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Apple will require iOS 8 SDK and 64-bit support in iOS apps starting February 2015

Apple began notifying developers today of some big changes coming to app submissions to the App Store. Listed on the developers news portal, Apple will require that all apps and app updates use the iOS 8 SDK and include 64-bit support starting in February of 2015.

Writing against iOS' most current SDK is nothing new, as the company made similar demands for the iOS 7 SDK. What is new, however, is the requirement for 64-bit support.

Though this news is targeted at developers, it will definitely be felt by customers as well, as 64-bit support will open apps up to large performance gains.

Are you excited for potentially larger adoption of 64-bit support among your favorite iOS apps? Let us know in the comments.

Source: iOS Developer News Portal (opens in new tab)

  • Will it slow down my iPad 2 from 2011? Some apps already crash on me for using metal...
  • If the app is 64-bit, it won't run on your iPad 2.
  • Well, if it was ONLY compiled for 64-bit, that would be the case. But for 99.9% of apps, they are going to compile "Universal Binaries" so that there will be a binary for both ARMv7 (32-bit) and ARMv8 (64-bit) because there's no specific need for an app to solely be 64-bit yet.
  • I've got to imagine there would be legacy support. Anything older than 2013 iPads doesn't have 64 bit support.
  • Will i have to upgrade to ios 8? Sent from the iMore App