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Many many people have argued that the App Store needs cleaning up, and yesterday Apple announced their plans to do exactly that. 🎉

We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps for these issues, notifying their developers, and removing problematic and abandoned apps from the App Store.

I was surprised to see the announcement, but I couldn't be happier that they are going to make a start on this increasingly important problem. Every time someone downloads an app which no longer works or only supports old screen resolutions, confidence in every other app on the store is decreased which ultimately leads to people just not bothering to download apps anymore.

There's a detailed breakdown on the implementation, including timelines and the process you'll go through if one of your apps is found to have an issue. There's also a new version of the App Store Review Guidelines to go along with it.

Bravo Apple, this is a great move.

Dave Verwer

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