Apple's New 64-bit macOS Could Pose Problems for Photographers with 32-bit Apps & Files


Planning on upgrading to the upcoming 64-bit version of macOS? Well, you might want to consider a few things first.

As detailed in a recent article posted by DSLRBodies, the new version of Apple's operating system is set to be revealed in June 2019, and the platform's 64-bit architecture is poised to cause some problems for many photographers and videographers who rely on current 32-bit apps. And by problems, I mean the programs are apparently just not going to work.

In essence, installing the 64-bit OS will be like building a "wall" and once you're on the 64-bit side you won't be able to run 32-bit apps and code. And while there will surely be new 64-bit versions and updates for some programs, unavoidable compatibility issues could lead to some frustrating dilemmas.

For instance, Adobe Creative Suite 3, 4, 5, and 6 use 32-bit code, along with Apple Aperture, Apple iPhoto, QuickTime, several video codecs, JPEG 2000 images, and a whole host of other software and frameworks. Again, it's pretty safe to assume that Apple will transition a lot of its own apps to 64-bit when the new OS comes, but videos previously rendered in 32-bit codecs or photos in 32-bit formats won't be viewable.

Thankfully, DSLRBodies has proposed some suggestions for how users can manage the switch and mitigate any potential issues. Perhaps most simply, photographers can just embrace the 64-bit upgrade and collect a new roster of apps to replace any old ones that might no longer work. Conversely, users can upgrade and also run a virtual 32-bit OS when it's necessary, or simply stick with 32-bit for the time being until security updates force an upgrade. Or, if you happen to have the budget, just go with the best of both worlds and buy a new 64-bit rig while also keeping the 32-bit one to access any essential apps or files that don't make the jump.

Be sure to check out DSLRBodies' article for a more detailed rundown of what you can do to prepare for the oncoming 64-bit wall.

Source: DSLRBodies