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Users of 32-bit apps in MacOS should prepare for 64-bit transition as Apple confirms the end of support for the 32-bit technology. This means that 32-bit apps will not work anymore unless they have been updated.

End of Support

Apple will soon issue an alert box when users open 32-bit apps in MacOS version 10.13.4. This alert box appears per app to notify users to shift to 64-bit apps, and this can only be done through an update. The alert states, “’App’ is not optimized for your Mac. This app needs to be updated by its developer to improve compatibility,” which proves the end of support by Apple.

The same thing will also happen in mobile devices, such as iPads and iPhones, running the iOS 11 version. But unlike with desktops, apps can easily be updated through the App Store. Mac users may find the transition of Apple inconvenient even with the MacOS App Store. This is because many apps are downloaded from other sources and the operating system has been in existence longer than iOS, according to Tech Crunch. Software developers for MacOS will need more time to update their apps, while apps that have been abandoned for a long time would likely be incompatible forever.

Transition to 64-bit Technology

As part of Apple’s transition to full 64-bit technology, a new version of MacOS will bring the “macOS High Sierra” update that consists of new features, such as an improved file system and updates to core apps.

It also brings a new version of the Safari web browser that has a faster JavaScript performance, as claimed by the company. The update equips Safari with an option to block auto-playing videos, as well as machine learning to detect trackers. For videos, the update changes the default video codec from H.264 to H.265. For graphics, the second version of graphics-rendering framework Metal 2 is enabled on the update for improved graphics speed.