Apple seems to have embarked on a new round of purging apps from its App Store, especially those that haven’t been touched by developers for a long time.
In a message to affected developers, Apple said, “This app has not been updated for a significant time and is expected to be removed from sale in 30 days. No action is required for the app to remain available to users who have already downloaded the app. »
He added that the app will remain on Apple’s App Store if the developer submits an update for review within 30 days. “If no update is submitted within 30 days, the app will be removed from sale,” the tech giant said.
It’s unclear what Apple considers “meaningful time.”
As noted by The Verge, this decision has upset many affected developers, especially those who don’t have time to update their work.
“It’s hard to take time out of current projects to update old ones, just to keep them alive on the store,” said developer BobbyW. mentioned on Twitter on Sunday.
Protopop Games developer Robert Kabwe, who also received the warning from Apple, called the company’s decision “uncool”.
“I’m sitting here on a Friday night, working myself for [the] os after my day job, doing my best to live off my indie games, trying to keep up with Apple, Google, Unity, Xcode, MacOS changes happening so fast my head is spinning while performing less well on older devices “Kabwe mentioned in a tweet.
Meanwhile, coder Simon Barker wrote“I received an email this morning saying the same thing about one of my apps. It has no crash reports, still getting downloads after five years, doesn’t need a v2, and Apple decides it’s time to go due to rapid version changes. I don’t have time to push for meaningful change.
Apple has been known to embark on periodic purges of neglected apps in an effort to keep its store stocked with newly updated software. In 2016, for example, it sent a similar message to developers, warning them to update their app or risk having it start from the store. In this particular eviction round, the company reportedly removed nearly 50,000 apps in the first two months.
What’s unclear is whether the current purge is part of a long-running campaign or whether Apple has recently begun to redouble its efforts on this front. Either way, the company hopes its message will inspire active developers to update their apps, thereby keeping them in the store.
Digital Trends has reached out to Apple for more details on its apparent decision to purge neglected apps from the App Store and we’ll update this article when we get back to you.