maçã extended the time for developers to make updates to updated applications from 30 days to 90 days. Some days, the company announced that it will remove old apps from the App Store that have not been updated for some time. Ninety days is more generous than the limited 30 days. The extra time is good news for developers looking for surprises and trying to keep their apps running.
Developing applications is easier than ever. However, there is no meaningful time and entering the logic of an application is not something that happens immediately. It’s a bit like reading a mystery novel, where there are lots of little details and characters in the background, and the moment and interactions of each one is critical to understanding the overall framework. Since the launch of the iPhone App Store in 2008, an app could theoretically be 14 years old. Now imagine that the clock is running and many mysterious archived cases, or old applications in this case, need to be reopened and updated. Therefore, the developers feel very pressured and cheated.
Maçã’s latest news about removing some updated apps from the App Store suggests it’s listened to developers’ complaints and decided to make things a little easier. The time to update these old applications has been extended to 90 days, three times longer than before. While more time is always better under a heavy workload, it is a good conciliatory gesture. Apple also explained that only applications that do not work more accurately or serve more directly than direct Apple applications are eligible for waiver. This policy applies to applications made for iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac, each with an App Store.
Apple also clarified that applications are analyzed and says that only applications that have not been updated in the past three years are eligible for a waiver. This can seem a bit random as it doesn’t interfere with the software and many devices run much older codes. Some apps suggested by Apple are more than three years old. For example, Apple’s iTunes Movie Trailers app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV hasn’t been updated in four years. There is, of course, another qualification. An application will only be screened for removal if it has not been downloaded or has been downloaded ‘extremely often’ in the past 12 months. Anyone who has already downloaded the application can continue to use it.
With these additional details, the reasoning behind Apple’s decision begins to make sense. An older application that is not downloaded is not doing anyone any good. The unused application hardly takes up space and time for users who can glimpse and follow in front. To clean up these unsolicited applications, it becomes easier to find interesting applications. Requiring more frequent updates also defines a pattern that helps the user access more Apple resources and ensures that privacy rules are always updated. Some older iPhone apps are now and I’ve tried to be reliable but with by Apple new requirement, an application that has become a hidden mystery will be removed or receive an update allowing it to flourish.
Source: Mac, Apple App Store