Apple iOS 11 Release Has Three Nasty Surprises – Forbes
has unveiled iOS 11 and it is jam packed full of important, useful and about-time upgrades (particularly for iPads). But not everything that comes with iOS 11 is good newsâ€¦
â€˜Great Secret Featuresâ€™ and â€˜Nasty Surprisesâ€™ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.
Letâ€™s break them down:
- Goodbye iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPad 4th Generation
Apple deserves credit for the length of its iOS device support, but with every new iOS generation older iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch are cut free. This time itâ€™s the turn of 2012â€™s iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation and 2013â€™s iPhone 5C.
Millions of users around still use these devices and will be disappointed to see their support end, but with the likes of Google only promising two years of Android upgrades even for its Pixel range (come on Google!) they have had a good run.
- Legacy Apps And Support Cut Off
Apple pins the end of iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPad 4th gen support on the fact all three have 32-bit processors (the Apple A6 chip) and 64-bit is the future (it is). Well iOS 11 will also apply this logic to all 32-bit apps in the App Store.
Not only are 32-bit apps being canned, Apple wonâ€™t even allow users of newer iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch to use them when restoring devices. So if your iPhone 7 still uses a beloved legacy 32-bit app then know if you ever restore or replace/upgrade your iPhone in future the app will be missing. This is the price of progress and, if you are affected, you should blame lazy app developers not Apple.
On the plus side, dropping 32-bit legacy support in iOS will allow Apple to reallocate those resources elsewhere.
- Â Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Vimeo Integration Cancelled
For me this is the big one. Spotted by venture capitalist Sean Cook, users will no longer be able to log into third-party apps using a social media account. This has become hugely popular over the years. For example, do you use Facebook to login to Spotify, WhatsApp, Ticketfly or OpenTable? Tough.
This is a strange – and frustrating – move by Apple. Twitter integration has been part of iOS for six years since iOS 5 in 2011, Facebook support was added in 2012 (iOS 6) and Flickr and Vimeo in 2013 (iOS 7). Now it looks like users will have to rely on logging in via a web browser and then being redirected to the third party app.
The hope is Apple has something still planned for iOS 11 to make up for this bizarre omission. Perhaps some sort of Apple ID-based password manager? Right now the company remains cryptic and it is hard to see how this is a decision made to benefit users, rather than Apple looking for yet another piece of the puzzle to control.
Answers May Still Come
I see no chance of Apple extending support for 32-bit apps and devices, but with three months before iOS 11â€™s full release Iâ€™m hopeful the company will unveil changes to justify the removal of social media signins.
Looking for evidence? Well – as always – Apple gave away nothing in iOS related to its upcoming 10th anniversary iPhone. With this radical redesign expected to deliver an all new â€˜Function Areaâ€™, iOS 11 clearly still has more tricks up its sleeve.
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