Apple has opened up submissions of 64-bit capable applications, as you can see in the screenshot above of the “News and Announcements for Apple Developers.” The announcement, titled “Submitting 64-bit apps” was posted today, September 16th, and reads as follows:
You can submit 64-bit apps for iOS 7 today that take advantage of the power of iPhone 5s. Xcode can build your app with both 32-bit and 64-bit binaries included so it works across all devices running iOS 7. If you wish to continue support for iOS 6 then you will need to build for 32-bit only. Next month we will be making changes that will allow you create a single app binary that supports 32-bit on iOS 6, as well as 32-bit and 64-bit on iOS 7.
To consumers, well, this doesn’t really mean all that much. To developers however, it can mean a lot. To those of you that have been slaving away at trying to get your app completely iOS 7 and 64-bit ready, you can now go ahead and begin submitting those applications to the App Store, and they may be up in time for the iPhone 5s launch. As you can see, however, if you plan on still supporting iOS 6 for the time being, you should stick to 32-bit only as Xcode can’t currently build for both iOS 6 32-bit and iOS 7 32/64-bit. Later on, it says, you will be able to do both.
What do you think? Are you submitting a 64-bit capable app? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.