Future versions of iOS won't support 32-bit apps anymore

With the iOS 10.3 beta that was pushed out to developers last week, the company now warns users that 32-bit apps "will not work with the future versions of iOS".

Apple has been allowing the Iranian apps onto the App Store since September 2016.

Although there is no list available that shows the names of apps removed but an app named Digikala, the largest e-commerce startup in Iran and the Middle East, had their app removed from the App store. Apple has required 64-bit support for all new app submissions since February of 2015 and all app update submissions since June 2015, so any apps that are still throwing this error haven't been touched by their developer in at least a year and a half (developers could add 64-bit support as early as 2013, but majority opted not to until it became a requirement). The warning goes on to say that the "developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility".

While the reasons for the takedown remain unclear, TechRasa speculates the move has to do with certain restrictions in global trade laws - though the details seem to suggest there might be room for maneuver. The message goes on to add that apps that are capable of enabling transactions for entities or businesses that are Iran based, may not be compliable with "Iranian Transactions Sanctions Regulations (31CFR Part 560) when hosted on the App Store".

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Whether the action by President Trump has anything to do with the news is not known right now, but it is odd timing that Iranian apps are now being pulled from the Apple App Store.

The App Store elaborates that it is not able to accept the application from the user presently.

Digikala which uses the Shaparak payment system has been removed even as it is isolated from worldwide systems and thus does not contradict Apple's terms and conditions for developers. There is no official App Store available for Iran, and any app being registered from Iran may end up being either rejected or removed.

The Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury puts blocks on the Iranian market, which is home to 82 million people, 40 million of which use smartphones. An announcement will likely be made during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference this summer. Apple also said in the note to the developers that they should resubmit their applications once global trade laws change, which could allow the functionality to happen, but until then there is nothing Apple can do.

  • Toni Ryan