With the upcoming release of MacOS 10.14 Mojave in the fall, Apple has announced that it will be phasing out support for 32-bit apps. This is bad news for any photographer that depends on software that isn’t kept regularly updated by its developer.
During its annual WWDC announcement on Monday, Apple confirmed that it would not be supporting 32-bit apps past Mojave. Luckily, Apple is giving users ample time to educate themselves on what apps may not receive an update in time, and if you’re a photographer that uses apps that are older, or don’t receive regular updates, then it may be important to start looking for suitable alternatives that would suit your photography workflow.
After updating to Mojave, users will begin receiving a warning when opening a 32-bit app, which unless the developer updates it, it will not be supported in upcoming versions of MacOS. Apple used the same strategy to prepare users on iOS for the switch from 32-bit apps to 64-bit apps on mobile devices before iOS 11. Apple has said that they’ll be getting aggressive with 32-bit warnings in an effort to prepare users for the change.
In a blog post this week, MacRumors outlines how to check apps on your Mac that are still running 32-bit versions. In reviewing my applications, I found many apps that are still running 32-bit, and several that I regularly use within my photo workflow.
Some of the apps, like the Adobe Application Manager, users can expect will receive a 64-bit upgrade in good time. However, other applications made by smaller developers are a bit more suspect.
Knowledge is power and preparation is key, especially when juggling a professional photography business. Make sure that you’re prepared for any updates in the future and have suitable options in case an essential application doesn’t make the cut in time for the 32-bit deadline.
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