Apple warns that outdated apps will be removed from the App Store


You wouldn’t go shopping in a store full of old-fashioned clothes, would you? Well, that goes for the App Store too. No one wants outdated apps either.

Game developer Robert Kamwe of Protopop Games received a letter from Apple warning him that his free game Motivoto was removed from the App Store because it is over two years old. Kamwe said the warning was part of Apple’s app improvement system and added that “it’s not cool. Console games from 2000 are still available for sale. It’s an unfair barrier for independent developers. It’s hard to disagree with that. But now app store outdated apps will have 30 days to be updated, otherwise they will be deleted

FlickType founder Kosta Eleftheriou points out, “Meanwhile, some of Apple’s own apps haven’t been updated for much longer than that. Rules for you, but not for me!

In Apple’s message to developers, it says apps that haven’t been “updated in a while” will be removed, with Apple giving developers 30 days to update them. And adds that “you can keep this app available for new users to discover and download from the App Store by submitting an update for review in 30 days,” Apple writes. “If no update is submitted within 30 days, the app will be removed from sale.” Outdated apps that crash when opened will also be removed immediately.

However, even though outdated apps will be removed from the App Store, they will not be removed from the handsets of iPhone and iPad users. Eleftheriou says Apple is obviously not fair about this purge since the once popular Pocket God app is not being removed even though it hasn’t been updated since 2015.

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