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Apple's App Store Could Pull Out At Least 3000 ‘Semi-Active’ Apps In Latest Major Sweep

Previously we reported how serious Apple was in terms of pulling out apps that it felt were inactive.

Now, another breaking report claims the tech giant is ready to take part in a major sweep that pulls out nearly 3000 different apps that aren’t being updated.

The estimate stems from Sensor Tower which is a leading intelligence firm that also confirmed how the move could potentially be a major blow to so many leading developers.

Apple’s mega app clean-up has emerged right after Google made a breakthrough announcement to all of its developers that downloads pertaining to outdated apps shall be blocked.

This is why we’ve been seeing plenty of iOS developers come through on social media, raising objections against how they’ve been issued notices by Apple regarding the removal of their apps.

A period of just 30 days has been granted and in the case where there aren’t any updates seen, developers can expect to see their creations wiped out with immediate effect.

Sensor Tower recently did conduct a survey of Apple’s Apps and how a majority of those relating to gaming amongst others were found to be outdated. To be exact, at least 2,966 apps were included.

Apple is yet to delineate what exactly they mean by outdated apps as many feel a set timeframe should be allotted so developers can better understand if their app should feel threatened or not.

While the tech giant has a known history of conducting clean sweeps for plenty of its apps, they tend to justify the behavior by adding how it’s solely related to the benefit of users.

Many developers have come forward to claim that outdated apps don’t necessarily mean they’re out of use. Instead, they’re a clear indication of how the product is complete and doesn’t need any more additions as they’re used to a great extent, just as the creator had intended.

One iOS developer by the name of Kosta Eleftheriou claims the new policy by Apple is being applied in an uneven manner. However, others argued in favor of Apple by adding that whether it’s unfair or not, at least Apple has the decency to move ahead with transparency and be upfront from the start with its developers.

Apple is believed to not enforce the guideline for a long period of time but we can expect it to pop up in intervals, and with even bigger sweeps next time.


H/T: TC.

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