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Apple gives developers more time to update apps

Apple has given developers more time to update their apps before it removes them from the App Store. This change comes from the fact that developers massively pushed back at the company after last week’s announcement.

Apple had told developers that they had 30 days after receiving a notification from them as part of an App Store Improvements exercise. However, the announcement met with resistance, and for a couple of reasons.

For one, developers claimed that their apps continue to work without needing an update– some games usually do not require regular updates. Others felt that the new App Store policy was one-sided and affected only small-time developers.

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In a show of consideration, Apple says that the wait time for when developers are required to update apps has been increased from 30 to 90 days. Also, it clarifies that apps that have received no update in the past three years and downloaded only a few times in the past 12 months would fall under the axe.

The last part of the announcement is important as many developers, who got the warning notification, inquired how Apple chose apps to target.

It is not all set in stone as developers get a channel to appeal upcoming removals. And even if an app is removed from the store, users who have already downloaded it can still continue using it without interruption.

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