App Store purge ahead as Apple contacts devs of dormant, deprecated projects

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September 7 will be a big day for Apple, its fans and the developers surrounding its ecosystem. The iPhone 7 will be unveiled, software platforms are getting a major update and a whole bunch of apps are going to leave the App Store.

Yes, the iOS app ecosystem may shrink just a tiny bit.

An email going out to developers and an update to Apple’s Developer site has them in a tizzy.

The company is focused on whittling away apps that “no longer function as intended or follow current review guidelines” or that have essentially been left as ghost towns. Starting from next week, it will continually evaluate apps, notifying developers of any transgressions in them and removing “problematic and abandoned apps” from the store. Affected developers will get a 30-day window to fix problems, resubmit their apps for review and have it approved. Apps that crash at launch will get the boot immediately.

Apple is also imposing a 50 character limit for titles of new app submissions to crack down on those hoping to take some SEO advantage.

Source: Apple
Via: PhoneArena

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Jules Wang

Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.