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xx Apple phasing out 32-bit support
« Thread started on: Jun 7th, 2017, 10:28am »

Apple have announced that Mac OS 'High Sierra' will be the last version of the Operating System to have 'full' 32-bit support. This will eventually affect BBC BASIC, which of course is a 32-bit program (for example it assumes that a pointer can be stored in an integer variable).

Although this isn't an immediate problem it would probably be wise to start thinking about the future of BBC BASIC in a predominantly 64-bit world. This is something that has been discussed before, but not for quite some time.

I would be interested in people's views on whether, and how, BBC BASIC could be adapted for 64-bit operation, and the consequences of the various options on performance, compatibility with existing programs etc.

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