Some 187,000 iOS apps could face the axe when Apple rolls out iOS 11, according to SensorTower.
iOS developers working with a beta version of iOS 10.3 noticed a message warning that apps not optimized for Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor introduced with the iPhone 5s “will not work with future versions of iOS.” The update could affect as much as 8% of apps housed in the App Store that were built for the 32-bit processor of older-generation iPhones.
This isn’t the first time Apple has tried to clean up the App Store. In September 2016, the App Store told developers that they need to update their apps regularly, or risk being delisted from the App Store. Nearly 51% of all iOS apps in the App Store haven’t been updated in a year or more, SensorTower found in Q3 2016.