There's nothing more exciting than getting a major iOS release, and older posts on AppleVis can easily substantiate my claim. Just take a brief look at this 2016 and this 2015 post to see what I mean. As such, this year's release of iOS 11 on September 19 should be a pleasantly busy day for all of us at AppleVis with lots of blog posts, podcasts and comments to digest.
However, things aren't as rosy as you might think -- at least for some users. While Apple announced few days ago that 32-Bit Apps Represented Less Than 1% of Apple's App Store Revenue Last Quarter, you'll be literally stuck if you have one of those apps which you can't dispense with. That is, if developers refuse to update their 32-Bit apps to 64-Bit ones or if they promise to do so but fail to deliver the updates before September 19, once you update to iOS 11 32-Bit apps won't launch. And the situation is more complicated if the developer of one or more of those apps is out of business!
So let me get to the gist of the matter. It's with great sadness that I have to announce that I do have some 32-Bit apps on my iPhone 7 Plus. My mobile banking app is a 32-Bit one and I depend on it as it helps me avoid those daily plaguy trips to find Automated teller machines which aren't accessible at all on this side of the pond. The developer has promised to take care of the issue. But as of this writing (Saturday morning Tehran time) that hasn't materialized.
I also have some 32-Bit apps which belong to the 100 Word series of books by Houghton Mifflin, but they no longer exist on the App Store as the old developer, English Channel, is gone and Houghton Mifflin no longer supports them. Of course, I can say goodbye to these apps more easily as I don't rely on the functionality they provide -- I'm a logophile, but nowadays can take the same degree of pleasure by hinging on other apps. Needless to say, though, the mobile banking issue is horse of a different color.
Now you might ask how you can make sure you don't have such irksome apps. Well, if you're running the latest iOS 10 release, just go to Settings/General/About/Applications, and you'll see all such apps listed there -- I have 8.
So here I'm facing an unpleasant dilemma -- wait, can dilemmas be pleasant in the first place? No, according to many dictionaries and diligent lexicographers. A dilemma is a situation that requires a choice between options that are or seem equally unfavorable or unsatisfactory. Well, guess I've digressed a lot. My dilemma entails either updating to iOS 11 to get the super-awesome Siri/accessibility features but lose access to my mobile banking app, or sticking to iOS 10 to avoid ATM trips but covet all iOS 11 niceties.
In closing, do you happen to have such apps on your iPhones and iPads? If so, what have you done to handle the situation? Have you contacted their developers? Are you willing to part with them in the case of getting no updates? And, last but not least, any recommendations for my upcoming Tuesday as I approach the fateful, or in my case rightfully and legitimately fatal, day?