Apple says apps that haven’t been updated in two years will be ‘withdrawn’

Apple has notified developers that apps and games that have gone two full years without an update may be at risk of being removed from the App Store.

The change comes as part of Apple’s App Store improvement scheme, which aims to make the online store more user-friendly and ensure that customers “find great apps that fit their needs” that are Compatible with newer iOS devices.

In an email to Protopop Games, Apple reportedly said: “This app has not been updated in a significant period of time and is scheduled to be removed from sale in 30 days. No action is required for the app to remain available to users.” users who have already downloaded the app.

“You can keep this app available for new users to discover and download from the app store by submitting an update for review within 30 days. If no update is submitted within 30 days, the app will be removed from the sale”.

“This is not cool,” the developer tweeted in response to the email. “Console games from 2000 are still available for sale. This is an unfair barrier for independent developers.

“I’m sitting here on a Friday night, working for [the] bone after my day job, trying my best to make a living from my indie games, trying to keep up with changes from Apple, Google, Unity, Xcode, MacOS happening so fast my head is spinning while it works worse on older devices,” the developer added.

Apple confirms that the changes affect all apps, not just games, and if Apple staff find any issues with apps in the store, they will contact developers.

“To make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs, we want to make sure apps available on the App Store are functional and up-to-date. We’re implementing an ongoing app evaluation process, removing apps that no longer work as intended, do not follow current review guidelines, or are out of date,” Apple said.

As Apple explained in its email to developers, even if a favorite app or game of yours is removed from the store, you shouldn’t encounter any issues using it, including microtransactions.

ICYMI, a new EU law could be passed that would force Apple to allow users to install third-party apps on their devices, a process known as sideloading. The law, known as the Digital Markets Law (DMA), has not yet been approved by the European Parliament, but if it is accepted, it could apply from October.

It would mean that Apple would be forced to allow users to access both third-party stores and third-party apps, something the company vehemently opposes as it could compromise security.

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