Apple wants to move all iOS devices over to a 64-bit, which could spell the end of iPhone 5 and 5C
If you have an iPhone 5 or an iPhone 5C, you will likely miss-out on the next major version of iOS.
That’s because Apple wants to move all iOS devices over to a 64-bit architecture, a plan that will more than likely coincide with the launch of iOS 11.
This has been a long time coming.
Apple launched its first 64-bit iOS device back in September 2013, with the release of the iPhone 5S.
From February 2015, the Cupertino-based company required all developers submitting applications to the App Store to include 64-bit support.
And from October 2016, iOS started to warn users that support for 32-bit applications would be coming to an end.
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Apps that are not updated to include 64-bit support will not be supported in future versions of the software.
This will allow Apple to dredge the App Store of abandoned, unsupported applications which have sat stagnant for years.
According to prominent iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the move would also enable Apple to release hardware only capable of running 64-bit apps.
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In theory, that would free-up space on Apple’s next in-house system-on-a-chip to include more CPU cores, or larger CPU cores, or a better GPU.
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Unfortunately, the transition to 64-bit architecture will leave some users behind.
Apple iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPad 4 will not be able to upgrade to iOS 11, should Apple cull its 32-bit compatibility.
Apple will likely confirm its plans for iOS 11 during its annual developers conference, WWDC, which this year will be held on the week of June 5th 2017.
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The news comes as technical drawings of the next iPhone, dubbed iPhone 8, leaked online.
The schematics depict a number of rumoured features – including the razor-thin bezels around the front display, as well as the removal of the physical Home Button.
When compared to the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the top and bottom bezels appear to be significantly smaller.
This should reduce the physical footprint of the device, despite the slight increase in screen size rumoured for the next flagship iPhone.
On the back, Apple appears to have rotated the dual-camera set-up it debuted with the iPhone 7 Plus, so that it is now stacked vertically in the top-left corner.
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It looks like the cameras will protrude from the body of the iPhone, too, which will likely make the smartphone wobble when placed on a flat surface.
The iPhone manufacturer was reportedly hoping to embed the Touch ID fingerprint scanner technology, which until now has been housed within the physical button, beneath the glass display.
But the yield rates of this new Touch ID technology is frustratingly low triggering a bottleneck in iPhone production, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri claimed earlier this week.