The Coming App Store App-pocalypse

The Apple App Store “could be just months away from a major shakeup that would render thousands of apps obsolete, including many of the iPhone’s earliest success stories,” Mashable reports.

“After more than a year of encouraging developers to update tens of thousands of apps that were never adjusted to support the 64-bit processors that debuted with the iPhone 5S, Apple appears poised to begin forcing developers’ hands.”

Here’s a new dialogue that was discovered in a recently-released beta of iOS 10.3:

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It’s believed that “tens of thousands” of apps in the App Store could be affected.

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Apple has been pushing developers to update their apps to 64-bit for a while, and this seems to be their final line in the sand. Because it’s usually not profitable to update such old apps, most of them will probably just disappear.