Apple is giving developers more time to update ‘outdated’ apps before they’re removed

At the end of last week, controversy erupted after Apple started notifying some developers that their apps that hadn’t been updated for a while would be removed from the App store as part of a “‌App Store‌ Improvements” project to clean up “outdated” apps.

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Many affected developers objected to Apple’s policy, noting that their apps continued to function properly despite the lack of updates, pointing out the amount of work that might be required to submit even a minor update, and pointing out that many applications can exist as finished works without the need for continual updates.

Apple now has shared a new developer update clarifying its ‌App Store‌ improvement policies and extending the time it gives developers to update their affected apps from 30 days to 90 days.

apple says only applications that have not been updated in the last three years and do not meet a minimum download threshold (“have not been downloaded at all or very few times in a period rolling 12 months”) are subject to the policy, with developers receiving notice by email.

As part of the App Store improvement process, developers of apps that have not been updated in the past three years and have not reached a minimum download threshold, which means that the application has not been downloaded at all or very few times in a continuous period of 12 months. — Receive an email informing them that their app has been flagged for possible removal from the App Store.

Developers can either appeal the pending removal or submit an update within 90 days to keep their apps live on ‌App Store‌. Removed apps will continue to work normally for users who previously downloaded them.

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