Apple recently announced that they will be cleaning up the App Store by removing the older, outdated apps that are non-compliant. This could result in hundreds of thousands of apps being eliminated according to new data. Apple isn't going to specify what will result in a deletion, only specifying that apps that can “no longer function as intended,” “follow current review guidelines,” or haven’t been supported with compatibility updates for “a long time,” could be removed.
The "long time" is what people have questions about - just how long is a long time?
When you look at the numbers, it is quite a shock to see how many apps have been released but not maintained.
Most top developers will update their apps every month or two, it not on a weekly basis. The top developers are constantly changing. Smaller developers take some time because it does cost money, but they should still have a frequent updating schedule. At the very least, they will update when the bigger iOS system updates come out.
Most apps just aren't keeping up. Over 2.1 million apps on the store today, half haven't been touched since May 2015. A quarter of those haven't been updated since November 2013. Only 20% have been updated in the last three months.
One reason apps will be kicked out is if they never updated to the larger screen size of all phones since the iPhone 5. About 11.4% of all apps fit that description.
Tech Crunch said that 328,000 iOS apps haven’t been updated in three or more years. It is highly likely that all those will be put on notice. Even apps that have been updated but still don't support the newer iPhones will likely have problems as well.
The purge will start tomorrow, the same day as the iPhone 7 event. Any apps that crash upon launch will be automatically removed. Every other app will get a notice and will have 30 days to change or the app will be removed.
Users will likely benefit the most from the purge, as they aren't frequently used. Instead, people turn to the newer, high-quality apps that can sometimes be difficult to find.
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