Everyone has a favorite iPhone app that hasn’t been updated in a while on the App Store. We’ve probably all noticed its lack of refresh at some point, but as long as it’s still running flawlessly…what’s the deal, right?
Well, that’s a big deal now. Above last weekApple sent “Improving the App Store” emails to some app developers that haven’t been updated for at least 3 years, according to the company. In the emails, Apple informed the developers that they needed to update their apps or they would get the boot from the App Store.
Independent developers, including Robert Kabwe of Protopop Games, who received this notice were unhappy and complained on social media. Apple further Explain the new policy in a press release issued Friday. But, the press release seems to have made the company logic behind this decision more confusing.
According to Apple, removing these apps will help improve the security and privacy of its users. The company also said the move will make it easier to find regularly updated apps because search results won’t be filled with apps that haven’t been updated in years.
However, Apple also pointed out that another criteria for deleting an app that hasn’t been updated for 3 years is that it also gets virtually no downloads over a rolling 12 month period. This addendum is likely to protect some of the App Store’s most popular third-party apps from the early days of the iPhone.
As app developer Kosta Eleftheriou sharp Released, the Pocket God game that once defined the iPhone is still in the App Store. Pocket God has not been updated since 7 years.
The edge argues that Apple’s download criteria undermines the company’s view of strengthening user security and privacy on the App Store. Wouldn’t an app that still gets a lot of downloads but hasn’t been updated in years be even more of a concern than a similar app that gets virtually no downloads?
Even if Apple’s decision seems good to you, App Store game developers point out that this rule is unfair to games. Maybe the rule makes sense for service apps that may constantly need updating, but video games can be created and published without ever needing updates, said developers, including Emilia Lazer-Walker, in social publications.
“Games can exist as finished objects! » Lazer-Walker tweeted. “These free projects are not suitable for updates or a live service model, they are finished works of art from years ago.”
For now, in response to the backlash to this policy, Apple has extended the 30 days given to developers who have received their app update notice. They now have 90 days to release an update.
Whether Apple will continue to play around with this new policy based on user feedback remains to be seen. But, developer pushback has worked once before. Maybe some apps that haven’t been updated yet and work great can also be excluded from these rules.