As part of an App Store policy change, maçã removes applications that have not been updated for a long time. Apple’s App Store is one of the world’s two largest repositories for apps and games, with over a thousand apps that users can download to their iPhones and iPads. Applications include a variety of games, streaming services, social media platforms, productivity suites, photography-related software, and much more.
Apple opened the App Store in 2008 with just 500 apps before expanding exponentially over the next decade. The total number of targeted apps was a staggering 2.2 million a few years ago, but Apple has removed thousands of 32-bit apps and other apps that don’t follow App Store guidelines. While Apple is generally good at maintaining the App Store and keeping the record of extinct apps, its policies are now being criticized by independent developers.
Many developers are advocating for Apple’s most recent App Store policy to remove apps that haven’t received updates in a while. In an email sent to interested developers, the company says it will remove applications that have not been developed “Updated in a significant amount of time.” The email also noted that developers with updated apps only have 30 days to update them before they can be removed from the App Store. In an official post on its support site, Apple confirmed the reports and stated that the new policy will guarantee the apps will be available on the App Store. “They work and are updated.” The post, titled “Best in the App Store,” also confirmed that the company will only remove apps that “It doesn’t work as well as it should. It doesn’t follow the same revision guidelines or it’s up to date.”
One notable developer is Robert Kabwe, of Protopop Games, who published a fabrication of Apple’s email on Twitter confirming that Apple’s new policy is a “Unfair Barrier” for independent developers. According to Kabwe, there is no good reason for Apple to remove apps that have been updated in recent years, as the 2000 console games are still for sale. Kabwe says Apple is preparing to remove its fully featured ‘Motivoto’ game as it hasn’t been updated since March 2019.
Another independent developer who has openly lied about its claims about Apple’s policies is: Kosta Eleftheriou, the developer of the FlickType Apple Watch keyboard. In agreement with Eleftheriou, Apple has removed a version of the FlickType keyboard specifically designed for people with visual impairments because it hasn’t been updated in the past two years. He also noted that the popular game ‘Pocket God’ is still not available maçãs after not receiving an update for seven years.