Apple Killing Off MacOS Support For Legacy 32-Bit Apps Soon

Apple MacBook

Apple MacBook

Apple chose to ditch support for 32-bit devices with iOS 11 and it promised to make a similar move for Mac apps as well.

We recently reported that Apple is now beginning to warn users about 32-bit applications potentially not working in a future version of macOS. And until then, there's a chance that the 32-bit apps will not work as well as their 64-bit counterparts as Apple optimizes its operating system updates for 64-bit processing.

While Apple has stopped short of confirming a cut-off date for 32-bit app support, macOS users will be served with the following one-off warning when they open apps that are built on 32-bit technology.

Similar to Microsoft and Windows 10, Apple has been slowly transitioning to 64-bit hardware and software over the course of the last decade. Also, latest technologies such as Metal graphics acceleration support only the 64-bit apps.

If you're using an old 32-bit app on a Mac, macOS will display an alert to let you know that it may not run optimally and that you should check with the developer to see if an update is available. The company's desire to banish 32-bit software and move everyone to modern, 64-bit versions is no secret and now it is starting the process of encouraging people to make the switch.

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Apple has launched a campaign to inform users of the imminent cessation of support for 32-bit programs.

Apple dropped support for 32-bit applications on iOS quite some time ago, but it looks like 32-bit support is also coming to an end on macOS soon. In January, Apple mandated that all new apps submitted for review should be 64-bit compatible. The company introduced Power Mac G5, the PC with 64-bit PowerPC processors, about 15 years back. The new alert is being pushed to macOS 10.13.14 users and the one-time-per-app warning has been designed in a way that it can encourage users and developers to update their apps.

Apple made this transition with iOS a year ago.

Making the shift on the desktop is much more cumbersome than on the mobile devices for two reasons, according to TechCrunch.

To be clear, this is just a warning and doesn't necessarily mean anything will change in your computing experience.

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