Apple has informed developers that apps and games that haven’t been updated for two years are at risk of being removed from the App Store.

The change comes as part of Apple’s App Store development program, which aims to make the online store more user-friendly. It also aims to enable customers to “find apps that meet their needs” and be compatible with newer iOS devices.

“We want to make sure the apps available in the App Store are functional and up-to-date to make it easier for customers to find great apps that meet their needs. We have an ongoing process to evaluate apps and remove apps that are no longer used. Apple does not ensure that it functions as intended, does not follow current review guidelines, or is outdated. be,” he said.

In an email to Protopop Games, Apple said: “This app has not been updated in a significant period of time and is expected to be withdrawn from sale within 30 days. No action is required to keep the app available for users who have already downloaded it. Within 30 days.” By submitting an update for review, you can keep this app available for new users to discover and download from the App Store. If no updates are posted within 30 days, the app has been withdrawn from sale.”

The developer of the free-to-download Motivoto game says Apple’s move is “not cool”. “Console games from 2000 are still for sale. That’s an unfair barrier for indie developers.”

Apple confirms that the changes will affect all apps, not just games. Apple employees will contact the developers if they encounter problems with apps in the Store.

New European Union legislation should allow sideloading. This allows the installation of non-third party applications. The law, known as the Digital Markets Act (DMA), has yet to pass the European Parliament, but if passed it could go into effect in October. For its part, Apple cautions that sideloading is dangerous, as companies can circumvent Apple’s privacy rules to re-track users’ activity. In addition, it will provide a means for rogue parties to circumvent the “extensive security measures we have in place.”

What do you think? Should Apple remove apps from the App Store that haven’t been updated in more than two years? Let us know in the comments.

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Source: Hardware Info

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