Apple is regarded as the pole star in the mobile universe. Ever since the creation of its revolutionary iPhone in 2007, the Cupertino-based mogul has been giving its best shot to curate what it does and doesn’t allow on its platform. Recently, it has done some changes in App Store that indicate a further streamlining of apps. Eager to know what are the amendments done by Apple in App Store? If so, you’re at the right post. Here, we’ll tell you about how Apple is culling App Store in 2018. Scroll down to read more.
App Store in 2018
Back in August, the iPhone maker updated its guidelines and added the following rule:
“4.2.6: Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected.”
With this rule, Apple appears to ban apps using sections of code copy-and-pasted from former apps. The end goal is likely to reduce scammers and spammers, but with an evident shortcoming: App developers who haven’t coded their entire app from scratch will see their work eliminated and banned from the App Store in 2018.
Some app devs have strong opinions on the aforementioned change, arguing that it’s too arbitrary, opaque, and hurts smaller app designers. Owing to the aforementioned rule, various apps were rejected by Apple. So, app devs voiced their opinion in a forum post, asking Apple to reconsider enforcing 4.2.6 rule. Apple will be removing non-compliant apps from App Store as of January 1, 2018.
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Over the last few months, the tech giant has made modifications, which aimed at cutting back on subpar apps in its App Store in 2018, making sure that only the best apps are available. The Company has been persuading devs to run 32-bit apps instead of 64-bit ones since the launch of iOS 7 in 2013 and they are officially brought to an end as of iOS 11’s release. If we consider statistics, around 187,000 32-bit apps were culled prior to the new rule change.
With the debut of iOS 11, Apple broke down the ‘Apps and Games’ section on App Store into two different sections: ‘Apps’ and ‘Games’. Also, it launched a new version of the Store that shows fewer apps, but in more prominent ways.
According to the Cupertino-based entrepreneur, the public has already shown less interest in apps that they aren’t familiar with. Starting last year, half of all U.S. smartphone users installed zero apps per month. There will not be much room for unknown app devs in App Store in 2018.
With the App Store’s new rules, the opportunity to become an app developer requires an increasingly specialized skill set. However, small businesses that are eager to stay competitive in the market must adapt their apps as per 4.2.6 rule, regardless of how sweeping and arbitrary it may seem. Starting 2018, app development is a particularly open and less democratic process.
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