Check Your Mac for 32-bit Apps Before Apple Stops Supporting Them

Mac will stop producing 32-bit apps

The Cupertino-based company is dropping the hammer soon on 32-bit apps to push developers to move their software to 64-bit.

Apple published a support document last week about their plans on pulling the plug on 32-bit apps. “To ensure that the apps you purchase are as advanced as the Mac you run them on, all future Mac software will eventually be required to be 64-bit,” it said.

Mac owners are starting to get pop-up warnings as “an advance notice” when they launch 32-bit applications, including Word from Office for Mac 2011. The move for 64-bit apps is inline with the release of macOS High Sierra 10.13.4.

There’s no reason to panic though. You probably aren’t using anything essential that can’t be easily replaced with something more current. However, if you want to check your apps, here’s the step by step guide:

  • Hold the Option Key and click the   logo in the top left corner. (Holding the Option Key will replace the System Preferences to System Information.)
  • Go to Software then click Applications.
  • The left-most column is named 64-Bit. The apps labeled No instead of Yes are the ones you should replace in the future.

Apple has yet to specify the exact schedule for the 64-bit transition to be complete saying it “is still underway”. When this is, we’ll have to wait and see.

Dell and HP support Microsoft

Microsoft may not be able to sell two versions of the very popular word processing software after a federal jury ruled on Tuesday that the software violates a patent held by i4i Inc., a Toronto-based tech firm.

The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant has already filed an appeal for the court after a federal judge decided that the company could not sell its 2003 and 2007 versions of Microsoft word anymore.

Microsoft requested the court stay the injunction issued until an appeal can be heared.

According to a report in the The Wall Street Journal, the ruling does not require the company to retract the software already sold to customers, however the ruling calls for Microsoft to pay i4i Inc. $290 million worth of damages.

Hewlett-Packard and Dell, both fellow companies, have filed briefs in support of Microsoft. They are both in favor of a stay and both argued that their business would be affected.

Dell urges the Court to consider the serious adverse impact of an injunction of Word on Dell, other PC sellers, and the PC-using public in evaluating whether the injunction should stand,” Dell said in its brief.

HP’s brief also took the same note citing that the injunction would have an adverse impact on its business as well as on the customer.


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