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Apple now allowing developers to submit iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and native Watch apps to the App Store


Update: Apple has now informed developers that they can submit iOS 9, El Capitan and watchOS 2 apps to the App Store.

Three days later than the normal schedule, Apple is finally letting developers submit iOS 9 apps for review. Apple usually enables submission for apps built against the new SDK as soon as the Xcode GM is published but for unknown reasons, this milestone was delayed.

Although there hasn’t been an official announcement, developers are now successfully uploading binaries through iTunes Connect and are ‘Waiting For Review’. Apple’s review team will now be working double-speed to get the influx of submissions ready for iOS 9’s launch on Wednesday.

At the same time, Apple also appears to have turned on external testing for iOS 9 apps in TestFlight. Developers have been frustrated that Apple did not provide this functionality sooner as it has made widespread beta testing of upcoming apps very inconvenient.

iOS 9 for developers includes feature like Spotlight search integration, iPad multitasking, native Watch apps and much more. If everything goes to plan, there will be a large library of apps updated for iOS 9 when iOS 9 launches on the 16th September.

(If you are a developer submitting a cool app utilizing the new iOS 9 features, let us know.)


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  1. Here’s hoping for quick reply, split screen, and picture-in-picture in all of the big apps tomorrow!


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