iOS apps submitted after February 1st must have 64-bit support

The Nexus 9 might be the first 64-bit Android device, but iOS has been embracing 64-bit since it unveiled the A7 on the iPhone 5s last September. That was followed up with this year’s 64-bit A8 processor on the iPhone 6.

Now, the company has revealed plans to start phasing out 32-bit applications. Speaking via its developer pages, the company announced that any apps submitted for approval after February 1st of next year must include 64-bit support.

These applications will, of course, still run just fine on 32-bit architecture. So those with pre-iPhone 5s devices don’t have to worry just yet. Apple is, it seems, just hoping to nudge developers in the right direction by asking them to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

The announcement comes at the same time as the release of iOS 8.1, which brings support for iCloud Photo Library, SMS support for iPad and Mac, and numerous bug fixes.