Apps that no longer get updates may be targeted by Apple. Apps that haven’t been updated in “a substantial length of time” will be removed from the App Store unless they are updated within 30 days, according to a screenshotted email addressed to impacted developers.
By submitting an update for review within 30 days, you may keep this app accessible for new people to find and download from the App Store. “The app will be withdrawn from sale if no update is provided in 30 days.” Despite Apple’s decision to remove obsolete applications from the App Store, consumers will still be able to access the apps they’ve already downloaded.
Several software developers, including Protopop Games’ Robert Kabwe, have voiced their displeasure with the new policy. Since March 2019, Motivo hasn’t been updated, and Kabwe claims that Apple is threatening to remove the fully working game from the App Store.
The inventor of the FlickType Apple Watch keyboard, Kosta Eleftheriou, claims that Apple removed a version of his programme designed for the visually handicapped since it had not been updated in two years. Eleftheriou points out in a tweet that despite the fact that it was last updated in 2015, the once-extremely popular Pocket God app is still available on the App Store. Several of Emilia Lazer-Walker’s games have also been removed from the App Store by Apple, according to the developer. There are a number of other developers who have had the same problem, saying that they just haven’t had the time to make updates to their applications.
Apps that no longer work as intended, don’t meet current review requirements, or are old are being removed from the App Store on a continuous basis, according to the company’s App Store Improvements website. A timestamp is not shown on the website, making it difficult to tell whether the post was published recently or changed recently.
Apple said in 2016 that it would begin deleting applications from the App Store that were no longer being used. Developers were also given 30 days to fix their apps before they were removed from the store. However, it’s not clear whether Apple has been implementing this restriction for a long time or if it has just lately begun enforcing it. When it comes to the definition of “outdated,” Apple doesn’t seem to have a hard-and-fast rule in place.
Some say that mobile applications should be accessible for as long as possible, much as outdated video games are still playable on consoles. Others argue that the regulations are too harsh on creators and that Apple doesn’t fully appreciate the hard work that goes into small games.
Apps that “don’t target an API level within two years of the last major Android release version” will have their visibility restricted earlier this month by Google Play. When it comes to updating Android applications, the deadline is November 1st, 2022, although developers have the option of requesting an additional six months to meet the deadline. Even small companies may struggle to keep up with the pace of the main app stores, which are clamping down on outdated programmes.