Some people are excited about the new iPhone launch from Apple expected in two weeks, but there’s a nasty side effect for owners of older iPhones and iPads.
Apple will unveil its newest iPhone on Sept. 12.
Apple has announced its new iOS 11 will only operate on 64-bit devices, which means the iPhone 5 and 5C and the iPad 4 will no longer get software update or support.
This means that the oldest Apple devices to support iOS 11 will be the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.
The worrisome part of that is most iOS software updates include security fixes.
Industry experts said about 200,000 apps in the App Store will not be compatible with iOS 11, meaning Apple will likely phase them out soon. Among them are popular apps like YouTube Capture, a video recording app, and Infinity Blade, a role-playing game.
Check for 32-Bit Applications
The current iOS 10.3 made it easy to check for any outdated 32-bit apps. Go to "Settings" and find the "General" menu, tap "About," and choose "Applications." A list of outdated apps should now automatically show up to give you notice.
If you can't tap on "Applications," and don't see an arrow next to it, that means you don't have any 32-bit apps and don't need to worry about anything right now.
If you have 32-bit apps installed that are really important to you, contact the developer right away to see if there's an update in the works. To contact an app developer, simply go to the offending app's page on the App Store by tapping on the app name in the 32-bit list, then tap on "Developer Website." From there, go to their contacts link and leave them a message.