How to see which applications on your Mac are 32-bit and won’t be supported in the future

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Apple has confirmed that macOS will no longer provide full support for 32-bit apps following High Sierra. AppleInsider shows you how to check which software on your Mac might be affected by the shift.
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How to identify 32-bit apps on your Mac

In case you didn’t get the memo, macOS High Sierra is the last release of Apple’s desktop operating system that supports 32-bit apps out of the box without any compromise…. Read the rest of this post here

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macOS 10.13.4 Beta To Display Warnings For 32-Bit Apps

Apple’s brand new beta release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 is live for developers, and it brings with it a warning that will make users aware of the fact they are running 32-bit applications on their computer.

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Apple to Kill macOS 32-Bit App Support – Will Your Apps Be Compatible?

Apple will soon begin its phase-out of 32-bit applications on Macs, beginning with the upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update, which is currently in its beta testing phase.

After downloading and installing the first beta version of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4, users will be greeted with a warning when attempting to open 32-bit apps. It’s worth noting that 32-bits will still run on the new software — the warning is simply meant to give users a heads up that High Sierra will be the last macOS software to run 32-bit apps “without compromises.”

“To prepare for a future release of macOS in which 32-bit software will no longer run without compromise, starting in macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 a user is notified on the launch of an app that depends on 32-bit software. The alert only appears once per app,” the release notes for the beta software read.

This is not Apple’s first warning about the impending phase-out. During its WWDC ’17 conference in June, Apple announced that, starting this month, all new apps submitted to the Mac App Store have to be 64-bit. Similarly, this summer, Apple will begin requiring all app updates to be 64-bit.

If this all sounds familiar, it’s because Apple has already completed its phase-out of 32-bit applications on iOS. It started with increasingly insistent warnings in iOS 10, but as of iOS 11, 32-bit applications won’t launch at all.

Once that support is revoked for macOS, 32-bit apps won’t work at all. That means users will either have to download 64-bit versions of those apps. If an app isn’t likely to receive a 64-bit update by its developer, then Mac owners will need to find a suitable replacement.

How to See if Your Apps Are 32- or 64-Bit

Of course, the macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta warning will let users know which of their apps are 32-bit. But if you aren’t a developer or a beta tester, there is another simple way to figure out which apps on your Mac are 32-bit.

  1. Launch Spotlight. (the keyboard shortcut is Command ⌘ + Space Bar)
  2. Type in System Information, and hit Enter when it pops up to launch it.
  3. Scroll down to the Software section under System Information.
  4. Click on Applications.
  5. When the list of your apps load, you’ll find a helpful column on the far right that lets you know whether an app is 64-bit. You’ll see a “Yes” or “No” next to each app on your Mac.
  6. If it says “Yes,” then you don’t have to worry. If it says “No,” then the app is 32-bit, and it’ll stop working in a future macOS update.

Since it’s a bit early in the phase-out, you undoubtedly still have time to seek out the developer of your favorite 32-bit apps and see if they have or are planning to release 64-bit updates.

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macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 warns users about 32-bit software’s impending demise

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Apple’s new macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta has begun the purge process of 32-bit apps, with the new version the first to warn users that the apps won’t be supported that much longer.
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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… – Latest articles

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.