Recently, several iOS/macOS developers complained that Apple threatened to remove their apps from the App Store because they did not receive an update during a significant period of time. Now, Apple has responded to these complaints, emphasizing that no one is downloading those (un-updated) applications anyway.
“As part of the App Store Improvements process, developers of apps that have not been updated within the last three years and fail to meet a minimal download threshold — meaning the app has not been downloaded at all or extremely few times during a rolling 12 month period — receive an email notifying them that their app has been identified for possible removal from the App Store.”
the company said in a statement.
Apple points out that it does not want the App Store to be overloaded with applications that both developers and users have forgotten about. The company already has a lot of problems to make it easier for users to find good applications, so it is clear why it decided to delete old, obviously obsolete applications.
It was pointed out that developers, who will receive a notification in the future, have 90 instead of 30 days to update their application before it is removed from the App Store.
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