Along with this week’s operating system releases, Apple made some changes to the App Store Review Guidelines. There’s an official summary of the changes, but as always, the App Store Review Guidelines History site gives us what we’re truly looking for with a full diff. 🚀

The main changes focus on demo accounts, and it seems Apple is about to step up its testing of features gated behind an account login. The requirement for a demo account isn’t new, and I don’t think there’s anything nefarious going on. I’m highlighting it to make sure as many people as possible see the changes before the spotlight shines on areas of your app that Apple might not have closely checked before.

If you have been sailing through review for years with a minimal demo account, it might be worth ensuring that the demo account has access to all your app’s features before your next release. I’d also encourage early submissions, especially if you have deadlines to hit. I’ll not be surprised to hear of a few questionable rejection stories in the next few weeks. 😬

The other thing I noticed in the diff was this wording:

Display advertising should be limited to your main app binary, and should not be included in extensions, App Clips, widgets, notifications, keyboards, watchOS apps, etc.

This wording isn’t new, it’s just moved, but I hope it’s the end of all the people jokes/hot takes about Dynamic Island advertising. I also hope Apple enforce it! 🤞

Dave Verwer  





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This fascinating story on certifying OS X as "UNIX" is worth a read. 🧐