- When Apple started telling developers that their applications had not been updated in a while, there were a lot of backlashes. It was part of an “App Store Improvements” project to get rid of old software.
- In a recent update to developers, Apple has explained its App Store Improvements rules and given app developers an extra 90 days to fix their apps.
There was uproar late last week as Apple started telling developers that their applications that had not been updated in some time would be removed from the App Store as part of an “App Store Improvements” operation to clear out “outdated” software.
In response to Apple’s policy, many developers said that their apps worked just fine, emphasised how much work it might take to submit even a small update, and pointed out that many apps can be finished without constant updates.
In a recent update to developers, Apple has clarified its App Store Improvements standards and given concerned app developers an additional 90 days to fix their applications.
Developers will get an email if their apps haven’t been updated in three years and haven’t been downloaded at all or very few times in a rolling 12-month period, which is what the policy says.
For the App Store Improvements process, Apple sends an email to programme developers if their app has been out of date for three years and hasn’t been downloaded at all or very few times in a rolling 12-month period—meaning it hasn’t been downloaded at all or very few times in a year.
An appeal or an update within the 90-day window is the only way to keep an app on the App Store. Users who downloaded previously-deleted apps will be able to use them normally even after they’ve been uninstalled.