Apple explains the brutal spring cleaning of the App Store

One month before the opening of WWDC, Apple wants to avoid a new controversy with developers. The spring cleaning that has made headlines in recent days has probably given the wrong role to the builder, which is why the latter wanted to communicate with its community of devs through a “clarification”.

Two apps that Apple hasn’t updated for years: iTunes Movie Trailers and AirPods Utility.

Recall that several developers, especially games, have received an email from Apple asking them to update their applications under penalty of withdrawal in 30 days. It is for the App Store to put the “old” apps on the sidelines, unless their creators decide to offer a new version.

App Store: Apple is preparing a decried spring cleaning

App Store: Apple is preparing a decried spring cleaning

However, as several developers explained, some games are “finished objects”, they do not need to be constantly updated. This especially since sometimes it is not a simple compilation in Xcode: system functions may have changed, programming languages ​​have evolved, which involves a lot of maintenance work on their part for a modest benefit. , or even zero.

At the same time, there are applications from Apple that have not been updated for years without causing a problem for… Apple. This is the case of the Beats Pill+ app, whose last update dates back to December 2018, AirPort Utility (October 2019) or iTunes Movie Trailers (November 2017)! In short, once again hangs the shadow of inconsistency, injustice and double standards over the head of the App Store.

In this clarification document, Apple explains that the email is sent to developers when the app has not been updated in the last three years and their download volume does not reach a certain threshold. ” Which means that the app has not been downloaded at all or very little during the last twelve months “, specifies the manufacturer.

Apple indicates that developers can appeal this decision (and according to John Gruber, very familiar with the habits and customs of Apple, they have every chance of obtaining satisfaction). In addition, Apple extends the time to update the application, it goes from 30 to 90 days. It also recalls that apps removed from the App Store will continue to function normally for users who have already downloaded them.

These sweeps are not new: the App Store began this kind of cleaning in 2016. Over the past six years, Apple has removed nearly 2.8 million applications through this process.

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