Apple to require all new App Store submissions to be “optimized for iOS 7,” built with latest Xcode starting Feb. 1

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Apple has just published a notice to developers on its dev center that all new apps submitted after February 1st, 2014 must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5 and “must be optimized for iOS 7.” Essentially any apps built using old versions of Xcode or possibly even just maintaining an iOS 6-style interface in Apple’s brave new world of software will be rejected from the store.

This goes for updates, too, meaning even the ambiguous “bug fixes and improvements” that seem to be ever-present in the App Store will now require an iOS 7 update just to be published in February.

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  1. Nikos Chrisoulis - 9 years ago

    I am an android user, and i find it funny.

  2. Paul Heck - 9 years ago

    So are they suggesting that they are handling all backwards compatibility, or are we just facing up the fact the world of iterations is just getting shorter and shorter?

  3. Renato Contreiras - 9 years ago

    I have an iPhone 3GS and it does not run IOS7. I bought an application (Crewlink Manager) for U$9.99 less than a year ago and with the last update the app does not work any more because the iPhone 3GS does not accept the IOS7. So I lost 10 dollars. Thanks to Apple. My next phone certainlly will be a Samsung.