Apple, which has been removing applications that haven’t been updated in a while, has stated that older apps are being removed from the App Store because no one was installing them. Developers of apps that haven’t been updated in three years and don’t meet a certain number of downloads will receive “an email advising them that their app has been identified for possible removal from the App Store,” according to Apple.
In a late Friday update, it said that the “app has not been downloaded at all or extremely few times during a rolling 12-month period.”
While Apple will remove old apps from the App Store, users’ devices will retain any previously downloaded apps. Several software developers, including Robert Kabwe of Protopop Games, expressed their concern with the move earlier this week.
Developers can appeal app removals, according to Apple.
“And developers, including those who recently received a notice, will now be given more time to update their apps if needed — up to 90 days,” the company informed.
Users who have already downloaded the app on their smartphone will continue to be able to use it normally after it has been deleted.
“User trust in quality apps is the basis for all we have done in building and running the App Store,” said Apple.
Sometimes software is done. I know the World expects growth and change and improvement forever (for free) but sometimes the software is done and it ships and that’s the end of the story.
‘Old’ and ‘stable’ are not failure states. On the contrary — they indicate success. https://t.co/ELEzf1jjOj
— arclight (@arclight) April 24, 2022
Developers of apps that haven’t been updated in three years and don’t meet a minimum download threshold — meaning the app haven’t been downloaded at all or only a few times in a rolling 12-month period — receive an email notifying them that their app has been identified for possible removal from the App Store as part of the App Store Improvements process.