Apple has informed all its registered iOS developers that any new applications or updates to existing applications must offer 64 bit support and be built with iOS 8 SDK from 1st of June 2015. This news has rolled out a few months after Apple declared that any new iOS applications that are submitted to the App Store should be 64-bit compatible by 1st February 2015. To enable this, Apple recommends iOS developers to use the default Xcode build setting of “Standard Architectures” to create a single binary that supports both 32- bit and 64-bit code. The email states that the decision to shift to 64-bit support will offer enhanced application performance on 64 bit device.
A step forward to initiating high performance applications
Apple had started intimating the developers to submit 64 bit apps since it released iPhone 5s in September 2013. It introduced the 64 bit A7 processor and all of Apple’s latest devices that include iPhone 6 plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 supports the new technology. Developers are still allowed to submit 32 bit applications, but that will soon expire in February. Apple has reminded the developers of the strict deadline that all application updates and new apps will have to adhere to the new requirement. After the mentioned date, any applications with 32 bit will be rejected by App Review.
Thus, the rules stated by Apple should not be considered as a penalty by the developers. It is only Apple’s effort to take the technology a step forward.