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Apple prepares macOS for discontinuation of 32-bit app support
By Thom Holwerda, submitted by Drumhellar on 2018-02-03 14:15:01

When users attempt to launch a 32-bit app in 10.13.4, it will still launch, but it will do so with a warning message notifying the user that the app will eventually not be compatible with the operating system unless it is updated. This follows the same approach that Apple took with iOS, which completed its sunset of 32-bit app support with iOS 11 last fall.

This is good. I would prefer other companies, too, take a more aggressive approach towards deprecating outdated technology in consumer technology.

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Comment by bamdad
By bamdad on 2018-02-04 13:13:09
to all the naysayers, i'd say instead of clinging to the backwards compatibility of binaries, advocate open-source and/or sustainable release models instead.

if you're still runnning on 32-bit hardware, it's likely that you can't even run the latest versions of your applications - which means less features and more security holes - or they run as total crap.

if developers release their work as open source and only charge for support, or they provide the software at a fair price with a free/affordable upgrade path (instead of the asinine IAP and 'pay for real features and bling' mentality), migrating to a newer architecture is totally worthwhile.

so yes, this is totally a good thing, especially in a world where binary translation and emulation can take the place of backwards compatibility in almost every scenario.

Edited 2018-02-04 13:19 UTC
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RE: Comment by bamdad
By Kochise on 2018-02-04 14:38:07
Well, still running a 2007 Via C7-Windows XP based computer just right now because it have the drivers for my 2002 scanner installed on.

Do you really imagine things would go running out of their legacy usage because there is 64 bits and blocked updates up there ?

I'm sorry people threw in bugs and security issues in the first place then asking me to update my whole system at my full expense to cover their ass.

Old tech still works like they were intended to, people still play with original NES and get fun from it. I see no point at playing this planned obsolescence thing.
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But Google actually does this...
By feamatar on 2018-02-04 15:05:20
"I would prefer other companies, too, take a more aggressive approach towards deprecating outdated technology in consumer technology."

But Google actually does this and, and Thom you complained the other day how much a mess it is.

I really hope that now that we have meltdown and scepre, there is a chance to reinvigorate the x64 space with new noncompatible OSs in a few years so we can buy new shiny things instead of our i5s and i7s.
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RE[2]: Comment by ssokolow
By BluenoseJake on 2018-02-04 15:46:09
I understand, it is good that Apple is giving you a chance to repurchase or just throw away software you've paid for.

Stupid Windows users, with their stupid being able to run software from 10 years ago.
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Why are they still Here...
By dionicio on 2018-02-04 17:58:02
If they're so primitive?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coe...
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RE[3]: Comment by ebasconp
By ebasconp on 2018-02-04 18:09:25
Nice!

Do you know if similar technology exists in Windows?
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RE: Comment by bamdad
By dionicio on 2018-02-04 18:12:21
There's lots of reasons, physical ones, supporting the idea that -resources equal- you can make stronger security on 4bits, than 64.

Just concluding that moves like this -Apple being far from only one- are purely Cattle_ing police. On governamental privileges nearing obsolescence.

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I checked my Mac
By shotsman on 2018-02-04 19:20:32
and the only non Apple 32bit binaries I am using are from Adobe and Drobo.
All the Drobo 3 binaries (Even the latest ones) seem to be 32bit.

These are the sort of companies that these warning are aimed at. Time to get thy fingers out Adobe and Drobo
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Obsolecent hardware as secure
By MadRat on 2018-02-04 21:22:33
Shouldn't new hardware, basically because it's unexplored functionality. If older hardware is broken, then it was always broken. Hiding broken design by obscurity is not security.
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RE[2]: Comment by bamdad
By BlueofRainbow on 2018-02-04 23:39:45
You have a good point here.

How many peripherals will be orphaned by their manufacturers with no updates to the driver and plus-value software?

For some, like yourself, it makes sense to maintain an older system running to keep using key peripherals. For others, maybe a "virtual machine" might do the trick.

Another possibility would be for manufacturers to open-source the code for the "obsolete" drivers if they are not willing to keep them current with the newer requirements of latest operating systems.
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