APPLE HAS TOLD DEVELOPERS that all apps must be built with the latest iOS 8 SDK and include 64-bit support from 1 February next year.
Apple confirmed the news in a note on its website, which reads: "Starting February 1 2015 new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, included in Xcode 6 or later.
"To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of 'Standard architectures' to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code."
However, according to 9to5Mac, Apple isn't going to yank 32-bit apps from the iTunes Store, as the requirement relates only to new apps and updates to existing ones.
However, apps that are updated to include 64-bit support are likely to see a boost in performance.
Apple's A7 chip, found inside the iPhone 5S and original iPad Air, can run 64-bit code up to 30 percent faster than it runs 32-bit code, while Apple's A8 chip, found inside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, can reportedly do so up to 40 percent faster.
Google is also headed in the 64-bit direction with the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop. However, the firm hasn't yet required developers to make the switch to 64-bit, unsurprising given that Apple made the decision 13 months after the launch of its A7 chip. But the decision is likely to come at some point in the future.
Developers can download the latest Xcode 6.1 with up-to-date iOS 8 SDK through Apple's Developer Center. µ
Best get patching before things go balls up
That warehouse wasn't going to empty itself
Firms are are 'final stages' of negotiating a deal
Social network tries to tip the scales in its favour