Apple to bin apps that go three years without updates • The Register

Developers will be given 90 days to get them up to code, or face banishment…

Apple has warned developers it will remove their products from its App Stores if they’ve not been updated for three years.

A policy update issued last Friday explained apps that “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” will also be at risk of deletion from the App Store. The policy applies to iOS, iPadOS and macOS.

Apple’s justification for the stance is that refreshed apps “work for the vast majority of users and support our latest innovations in security and privacy”. The company’s announcement proudly states that Apple’s attention to such matters has seen it remove 2.8 million apps from its digital storefronts over the last six years.

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