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Apple confirms macOS Mojave will be the last to support 32-bit apps

Apple’s forthcoming macOS Mojave release will be the last version of the desktop operating system to officially support 32-bit applications.

The announcement was made during a developer session at WWDC earlier this week, where Apple made clear v10.14 will be the “the last release to support 32-bit at all.”

Apple vice president of software Sebastien Marineau said: “One of our key missions is always to push the Mac forward by extending its capabilities to take advantage of the latest technologies.

“As we push a platform forward, we sometimes have to deprecate legacy functionality to ensure that we’re not holding it back” (via Apple Insider).

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As a result of the decision to end 32-bit app support, Apple is also removing support for the QuickTime framework, Java 1.6 Apple framework and Carbon HLTB.

Last year Apple said the High Sierra version of macOS would be the final release to support 32-bit apps “without compromise” as the company phases out the apps completely.

It’s unclear what some of those compromises will be after the Mojave launch, but support will be gone in 2019 version of macOS, expected in September of next year.

Apple has been accepting 64-bit apps for over a decade, since the launch of Mac OS Leopard in 2007.

If you’re wondering which apps on your desktop are still 32-bit, you can go click the Apple logo in the top left of the display and select About this Mac. Next hit System Report and tap Applications under the Software section. If you scroll across to the 64-bit section, you’ll see ‘No’ next to the apps that are 32-bit.

Personally, I’m not too excited about my Photoshop and Office apps failing to work properly after this upgrade. However, Dark mode, the integration of iOS apps and a further crackdown on advertisers tracking users across the web will certainly be welcomed by the macOS user base.

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