Apple is all set to hold a special event on September 7, where it is widely expected to unveil the new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch 2 and much more. Like every year, Apple is also expected to start seeding its upcoming iOS 10 for compatible iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. Now, to focus on offering users with quality apps on iOS, Apple is making some important changes to its App Store. The company has sent out emails to developers, notifying about the evaluation process. With this move, Apple will be cleansing App Store by removing problematic and outdated apps that aren t compatible with the latest version of iOS and macOS. The cleansing process will start from September 7. Also Read - Apple shines in June quarter, posts record sales for iPhones, Macs and iPadsAlso Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
Apple has also updated information about the new process on its developer website. All apps that fail to meet review guidelines and the apps that no longer function as intended will be removed from the App Store. “We know that many of you work hard to build innovative apps and update your apps on the App Store with new content and features. However, there are also apps on the App Store that no longer function as intended or follow current review guidelines, and others which have not been supported with compatibility updates for a long time,” Apple said in the email. Also Read - Apple releases important iOS 14.7.1 update: iPhone users must download it right now
Currently, there are over two million apps in the App Store. However, there is a long list of apps that haven t been updated since more than a year. While most apps run on the latest iOS and macOS, they aren t properly optimized for smooth experience. Apple wants to do away with that by having quality apps that offer the best experience to its users. After evaluating apps, developers with problematic apps will be notified to update their apps, and will be given 30 days to do so. If the developers fail to update their apps in those 30 days, Apple will remove those apps. ALSO READ: Here s how Apple plans to make up for the missing 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
In case of apps that crash on launch, developers won t be given 30 days intimation and such apps will be immediately removed. Current users will still be able to access these removed apps and services won t be interrupted. However, new users will not be able to download these outdated apps. ALSO READ: 7 most anticipated features of the Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
Additionally, Apple has also announced that it now put a character limit (50 characters, including space) on the app names. Currently, a lot of developers use long app names to influence search results. In the process, users are unable to look for the right app that they are looking for. Apple is also urging developers to visit the App Store Product Page to learn about having effective app names, how to use apt keywords, screenshots and description. With shorter app names, Apple wants to make search more accurate and make apps discoverable.