Apple might shift its years-long tradition of closing down the App Store to developers during the holiday season as it used to do in previous years. The Cupertino tech company usually shuts down the App Store to developer submissions during holidays, but this year Apple is taking a different approach. Also Read - Apple India reveals the best apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac in 2021: Check out the list
As per the report, the iPhone maker will continue to accept submissions in App Store Connect throughout the upcoming holidays. Apple notes that reviews might take longer than usual during the holiday season. Also Read - Apple: iPhone 13 demand falls as global chip shortage crisis continues to hit the world
“This year, we’re pleased to continue accepting submissions in App Store Connect throughout the upcoming holidays. Make sure your apps are up to date and ready for the busiest season on the App Store. Due to anticipated high volume, plan to send time-sensitive submissions early. Please note that reviews may take longer to complete from November 24 to 28 and December 23 to 27,” the company said in a statement. Also Read - Apple iPhone users continue to face call-dropping issue: Report
Last year’s App Store Connect holiday shutdown took place from December 23 to 27. When App Store Connect is shut down, developers can’t submit new apps or updates for review. Apple recently introduced a new set of App Store guidelines that allow developers to contact customers about other payment methods.
The company said that the three key changes to the App Store review guidelines support new features in upcoming OS releases, better protect customers and help apps go through the review process as smoothly as possible.
Among the changes, developers are allowed to communicate with their customers about other payment methods available outside their app.
Another new guideline says that apps may request customer information like name and email, but the request must be optional for the user and shouldn’t prevent them from using the app.
(With IANS inputs)