It’s widely expected that the new operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – iOS 11 will be a massive update. Although the official version of iOS 11 will not be released until this autumn, many people are desperate to know something about it, including iOS 11 new features and iOS 11 compatible list. Undoubtedly, iOS 11 will be compatible with 64-bit iOS devices, but will iOS 11 support iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPad 4 that built on a 32-bit architecture? The answer would probably be NO.
Why won’t iOS 11 won’t support iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c
According to the famous iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith, Apple will no longer support the 32-bit Apps from iOS 11. This means that iOS 11 is highly likely to be only compatible with iPhone 5s and later iPhone models.
Devs: I’m hearing very clearly iOS 11 won’t have 32bit app support at all. Update legacy apps now if you want them to survive past September
— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) April 8, 2017
Apple began to support 64-bit applications with the launch of the iPhone 5s in September of 2013. And from February 2015, all published apps needed to include 64-bit support. In iOS 10.3, Apple added App Compatibility section in Settings to help users check 32-bit apps. If you open a 32-bit app in iOS 10.3, you’ll get the warning message: “This app will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.”
RIP 32-bit emulation mode in iOS 11? pic.twitter.com/byMFuJPuVN
— Peter Steinberger (@steipete) January 31, 2017
Therefore, we do have reason to believe that the upcoming iOS 11 will drop support for 32-bit apps. As we all know, iPhone 5s and later models use 64-bit processors, while iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c integrate older 32-bit processors. That is to say, Apple will drop iOS 11 support for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c.
Apple will kick off the keynote at 10 am PT on June 5, the first day of the conference, which allows us to have a quick glance at what’s new in iOS 11. And iOS 11 beta for developers is expected to be released a week after the conference. By the time we’ll exactly know whether iOS 11 is compatible with iPhone 5 or not.