After launching iOS 8.1 earlier today, Apple took to the developer center to announce some news regarding future apps.
Starting in February, all newly submitted apps and app updates must be built using the iOS 8 SDK and offer 64-bit support.
Here’s the complete news brief:
Starting February 1, 2015, new iOS apps uploaded to the App Store must include 64-bit support and be built with the iOS 8 SDK, included in Xcode 6 or later. To enable 64-bit in your project, we recommend using the default Xcode build setting of “Standard architectures” to build a single binary with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.
While requiring the iOS 8 SDK is similar to what Apple requested last year with the iOS 7 SDK, the 64-bit support request is substantial.
Apple introduced 64-bit processors in 2013 with the A7 that powered the iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina display.
Currently, Apple only sells a few low-end devices without 64-bit support, so it seems to be a good time to require developers support the new technology.
For other news today, see: Numbers to consider ahead of Apple’s fourth quarter FY2014 earnings call, Microsoft reportedly set to launch long-rumored wearable device in ‘next few weeks,’ and Fitbit is gearing up to launch the Surge, its new ‘fitness superwatch.’