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Developers govern to warn Apple | AbuzWeb - #1 Web Services Agency, based in Benin, Africa and Colorado, USA
  • 2022-04-26 17:48
  • By AbuzWeb

Developers govern to warn Apple

"You can keep this app available for new users to experience and download from the App Store by submitting an update for review in 30 days," writes Apple > in the email. "If no update is submitted within 30 days, the app will be removed from sale." While Apple will remove outdated apps from the App Store, all previously downloaded apps will remain on users' devices.

A number of app makers, such as Protopop Games developer Robert Kabwe, have expressed concerns about the change. Kabwe reported on Twitter that Apple is threatening to remove its fully functional game, Motivoto, because it doesn't hasn't been updated since March 2019: "It hurts me. Apple just emailed me saying they are removing my free Motivoto game because it is over 2 years old. This is part of their app improvement system. It's not nice. Console games from 2000 are still available for sale. This is an unfair barrier for independent developers”.

Meanwhile, Kosta Eleftheriou, developer of the FlickType Apple Watch Keyboard, said that Apple removed a version of its specially designed app for the visually impaired, as it had not been updated for two years. As Eleftheriou points out in his tweet, the once-popular Pocket God app still remains on the App Store, even though it received its last update on August 20, 2015: "Apple has also removed a version of my FlickType keyboard that was specifically aimed at the visually impaired community because I Haven't updated it for 2 years. Meanwhile, games like Pocket God haven't been updated by developers for 7 years now.”

Developer Emilia Lazer-Walker also reported that Apple is removing some of the older games it developed from the App Store, claiming they haven't been "upgraded". day for a considerable time”. She recalled that “Games can exist as finished objects! These free projects are not suitable for updates or a live service model, they are finished works of art from years ago”.

In fact, several other developers share the same experience. Among them is Simen Ø. Gjermundsen who said "I had a fully functional and original children's game that was removed from sale for this reason just a few hours ago. I just didn't have time last month to update it and release a new version. Stupid decisions”. We can also talk about BobbyW who said: “This just happened to me too! My app was removed from the App Store because I haven't updated it for 2 years, even though it's still downloaded and works on all devices. It's hard to take time out of current projects to update old ones, just to keep them alive on the Store."

This is also the case of Simon Barker who explains: "I received an e-mail this morning saying the same thing about one of my applications, it has nothing to do crashes, still uploaded after 5 years, doesn't need a v2, and Apple decides it's time to remove it due to Swift version change. I don't have time to post significant changes."

Source: Developpez
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