Aditya MadanapalleSep 20, 2017 11:17:09 IST
iOS 11 will be available from today, but long time Apple users might not want to upgrade to the new operating system right away. Although there are a number of new features, including an enhanced Siri, a revamped App Store, and finally a file manager of sorts with the Files app, a number of apps and games will no longer work on iOS 11.
This is because 32 bit applications and games will not start up on iOS 11 as Apple moves to a 64 bit only store. Some of the applications that will not work include Robot Unicorn Attack, Gravity Guy, Bejeweled 2, Forever Drive, NinJump Deluxe, Prince of Persia Retro, Galaxy on Fire II, Project 83113, Dark Nebula and Minigore. A longer list is available at TouchArcade. These applications have not been updated with 64 bit versions on the App Store. However, please note that the list is in a state of flux, and some listed apps, including Infinity Blade, have been updated.
Many of these are critically acclaimed titles, and some of them are premium titles. According to Apple, "These apps may slow down your iPhone and will not work on iOS 11 if they are not updated. If no update is available, contact the app developer for more information."
How to check which applications will not work on iOS 11?
In settings if you go to General > About > Applications, you will arrive at the "App Compatibility" section. This will show a list of applications installed on the device, that will not work with iOS 11. If you do not have any 32-bit apps installed, you will not be able to tap open the App Compatibility list to begin with. This list is a little dynamic, as some titles may be removed from the list if the developer makes an update available. A number of applications have already been pulled from the App Store, so there is no way to update it. If you do not have any 32 bit applications installed on the system, then nothing happens when the Applications tab is tapped on.
I want to play a 32-bit title that I have already deleted
If you want to revisit a title that has been pulled from the App Store, there is a way to install the application again. It is not clear if the method will work once the device is updated to iOS 11. Even if you can install the application, it is highly unlikely that the app will start up without a 64 bit upgrade from the developers.
Open up the App Store, then go to Updates > Purchased to see a list of previously installed apps. Applications that are no longer available on the App Store can be installed from this list. Users can search through the list to find a particular application. A "Not on This iPhone" section allows you to browse through the applications you have installed on previous Apple devices.
Some developers are updating their titles to 64 bit versions, while others do not have the resources necessary to update older titles. Users will have to track the titles individually with the developer's web pages to see if their favorite apps and games will be getting an update.
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