Apple begins its spring cleaning in the code of apps on the App Store

Apple is cleaning up App Store app code by pushing out aging code.

Apple has reportedly begun to more rigorously enforce its policy against aging apps. In 2016, the Cupertino company said it would remove applications that no longer work, do not meet the latest guidelines or become obsolete. In recent years, this measure had not really been talked about, but it is now coming back to the fore. In several tweets spotted by The Verge, independent developers share an email received from Apple asking them to update their apps.

Apple cleans up App Store app code

“This application has not been updated for some time and will be removed from sales in 30 days”, explains the Cupertino company in the email in question. “You can keep this app available to new users in the App Store by updating it within 30 days.”

Apple says developers can still generate revenue through microtransactions even if the app is removed from the store. In addition, the applications continue to work for those who have downloaded them on their device. Some users who shared screenshots of this warning on Twitter are worried that this new initiative will disproportionately affect smaller developers.

pushing out aging code

“It’s an unfair barrier for indie developers,” says Protopop Games developer Robert Kabwe. “I find myself there, on a Friday evening, working like hell after my day’s work, trying to make some money with my independent games, trying to keep up with the changes Apple, Google, Unity, Xcode, macOS that are happening so quickly my head is going to explode.”

On a help page dedicated to the App Store Improvements initiative, the apple brand explains that this measure is in place “to make it easier for users to discover fantastic apps that meet their needs.” The American giant also specifies that it wants to ensure that the software found on the platform is “functional and completely up to date”.

There is no easy answer to this situation. From an iOS user’s perspective, it’s not a good thing to buy a new Apple device and install apps that aren’t optimized to take advantage of that device’s hardware. In the majority of cases, this would not encourage us to look elsewhere, but we would gladly appreciate being able to take advantage of all that the device has to offer.

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