By now a lot of people must have heard of Flappy Bird since it took the mobile gaming arena by storm back in 2013. To the Apple iPhone owners who loved the game, it won’t be playable on iOS 11, the latest update to Apple’s mobile operating system.
This is a huge problem for owners of the game who might still feel the need now and again to play the game. Now, the reason for Flappy Bird’s unwillingness to run on iOS 11 has much to do with the developer. You see, iOS 11 is a 64-bit operating system, and Apple has made it clear that all apps must relinquish the 32-bit past to work.
Update or die
It simply means that developers must update their apps in order for them to work properly on the new operating system. Dong Nguyen, the guy behind Flappy Bird, is not up to the task of updating his popular game to support Apple’s new operating system.
“The original Flappy Bird app is no longer playable on newer iOS from today with the release of iOS 11 🙂 Thank you very much for your playing and supports[sic] in the last 4 years,” according to Nguyen in a Facebook post.
At some point during the last four-years, the game earned Nguyen a whopping $50,000 per day, but he wasn’t too happy with his new found fame and the richness it brought him. It means his latest actions shouldn’t come as a surprise because he had wanted to walk away from the game completely.
In fact, he moved on long ago from Flappy Bird, but that did not stop him from making games for mobile devices. He went on to create a gaming studio known as dotGears and has so far released games such as Shuriken Block, Super Ball Juggling, and Swing Copters.
None of have managed to garner the same popularity as Flappy Birds, but you know what? They are better games by far.
The end of Flappy Bird is not a good sign for the future of mobile games
We live in a world that is increasingly going digital in every aspect of our lives. Because of this, we have come to expect that whatever we buy or download from the web, we’ll be able to keep and use them forever.
Clearly, this is not the case, because as soon as it reaches a time where the developer has ended support, that game or app could be rendered useless. Some might say it doesn’t matter if the app is free, but that’s not a valid argument if an app has advertisement where the developer can make money.
We can only hope this doesn’t turn into a trend in the distant future. This is the digital age; therefore, every operating system should have some form of backward compatibility feature that allows the use of older apps and games.
If this can be done on the PC, then it should be possible on mobile as well. After all, smartphones are practically computers in our hands.