LG X4+ unveiled in Korea: a MIL-STD rated phone with 32-bit DAC

Each of the phones in LG’s X-series has a special skill. The new LG X4+ is rugged with a MIL-STD-810G certification, similar to the X venture though at a lower price point. The X4+ puts battery life ahead of performance with 3,000mAh capacity and a Snapdragon 425 chipset (with 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage). It runs Android 7.0 Nougat on a 5.3″ IPS display (720p resolution, nothing to write home about). This isn’t a simple low-end affair. The phone boasts a high-quality DAC with support for 32-bit 192kHz audio. Or you could listen to FM radio instead. LG Pay is also supported for when you’re…

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How to find the 32-bit apps on your iPhone or iPad that won’t work in iOS 11 at all

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The day has come — Apple will disallow 32-bit apps from running on iOS 11. If you haven’t updated because of worries of incompatibility, AppleInsider shows you how to identify which apps installed on your iPhone are 32-bit allowing you to decide if you want to upgrade or wait.
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Reminder: 32-Bit Apps and Devices Won’t Work with iOS 11

iOS 11 is officially out, but before you download and install it, there’s one thing you should keep in mind. Namely, it’s that the next-generation operating system will be incompatible with 32-bit devices and apps.

There’s been a lot written about the 64-bit exclusivity of iOS 11, but with the software out today, it warrants a reminder. Put simply, your 32-bit apps that have not been updated by their respective developers won’t open if you install iOS 11. Similarly, you won’t be able to find 32-bit apps in the App Store — and you won’t be able to download previously purchased apps that have not been updated to your iOS 11-loaded device.

There may be quite a few users who will be shocked today when a favorite app refuses to open. Apple hasn’t really publicized that aspect of the update beyond warnings placed within the software itself — which some iOS users may not have seen.

The end of 32-bit support has been a long time coming. Apple first placed warning messages in iOS 10.1, letting users know that the applications may slow down their devices. In iOS 10.3, that warning became more explicit — stating simply that apps will no longer work in future versions of iOS. That becomes official today: 32-bit is dead in Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

App Store apps released or updated since June 2015 have been required to add 64-bit support, and quite a few developers have gone back to older apps and added support for the new architecture, as well. Many apps older that haven’t been updated in two years, however, may be obsolete.

In addition, iOS 11 can only be downloaded on devices with a 64-bit chip, meaning that it’s only available to the following devices.

  • iPhone 5s and newer
  • All iPad Pro models
  • iPad 5th generation and newer
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 2 and newer
  • iPod touch 6th generation

If your device isn’t in the list above, then you won’t be able to download iOS 11, and in turn, won’t affected by the end of 32-bit support.

To check your iOS device for 32-bit apps, you can do to General > About > Applications, and search under the App Compatibility section. If you have a favorite app that hasn’t been updated to 64-bit, your best bet may be to contact the developer directly.

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32-Bit Games ‘Plants Vs Zombies’, ‘Peggle Classic’, and ‘Solitaire Blitz’ Are Gone From the App Store

The 32-bit scythe has claimed 3 more games today, PopCap’s Solitaire Blitz, Peggle Classic, and the paid version of Plants vs Zombies. PopCap just announced that it will remove those three games from the App Store and Google Play today, but the games are already gone (at least from the App Store). So, if you were hoping to grab them before they disappear, you’re out of luck. The announcement reminds players that they can still play the free version of Plants vs Zombies [Free], Plants vs Zombies 2, and Bejeweled Blitz. If you’ve downloaded the games in the past, you can still download them from your purchase history, but we’re not sure if that will still be the case once you update to iOS 11.

I suppose it make sense of a company not to put the effort and resources into updating apps that already have replacements for, but it’s still a bit sad to see games leave the App Store for good. And if you’re the kind of player who doesn’t enjoy free versions of games, you’re definitely not going to be happy about the premium version of PvZ leaving the store. We’ll keep you updated when and if more games depart to the land of 32-bit apps.