After telling developers to code iOS 7-compatible apps by February “or else,” Apple is now insisting that application sellers code binaries that support both 64-bit and 32-bit titles, for compatibility reasons. It’s no mystery that there are countless 32-bit devices out there still using iOS 6, as well as the new iOS 7, making it imperative that developers sell compatible apps to sustain the App Store’s longevity, preventing Google Play from taking the crown.
Apple’s latest message to developers reads:
“Create a single app binary that supports 64-bit on iOS 7, as well as 32-bit on iOS 7 and iOS 6, so your apps can easily remain compatible as they take advantage of the power of iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini.”
The Cupertino giant then directs developers to the iOS Developer Library where they can sift through the 64-Bit Transition Guide for Cocoa Touch (Apple’s proprietary programming language).