As I’m sure most of you know, Apple just finished a blockbuster WWDC. At a local developer meetup yesterday some of the other programmers were saying that they thought this was the biggest WWDC ever. I’m not sure about that, but it was a jam packed week.
In all of the hoopla, you may have missed a critical announcement in regard to Panorama 6 – Apple will be phasing out 32 bit applications on macOS.
The good news is that they are not springing this on us like they have sometimes done in the past. There will be no change in macOS 10.13 High Sierra. So as far as I know, Panorama 6 will continue to work on the latest system for another year (I haven’t tested it yet, and with Panorama 6’s old code, it’s always possible that some other change could cause problems).
In the long run, however, Apple has put a definite sunset on older applications like Panorama 6. For now they are saying that macOS 10.14 will not “fully support” 32 bit applications. They didn’t make it clear what that means, so maybe Panorama 6 will continue work, maybe not. But they definitely stated that they are planning to completely discontinue 32 bit applications, so you need to plan for a world where Panorama 6 will not launch at all on the latest Apple software and hardware. That might be next year, it might be 2 or 3 years (or possibly even this fall, as I mentioned above), but it’s no longer speculation, at some point Panorama 6 will no longer be usable.
Of course the really really good news is that I anticipated this, and that has been the reason for the huge investment I’ve made in the development of Panorama X. Panorama X is 64 bit and uses only the latest modern APIs, so I’m looking forward to a long future with this codebase.
The other good news, of course, is that Apple has really made it clear that they are committed to the Mac platform, and that they intend to continue to support it and move the platform forward over the long term. As someone that is fully invested in the Mac platform, I’m thrilled to see the new Mac hardware and software. They also had very exciting announcements of new capabilities for Xcode and the developer tools in general, which I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on.