iPhone devs must switch to Apple’s latest developer tools by March 30


The App Store is slowly filling with applications that support Dark Mode.
Dark Mode is one of many features made possible by the iOS 13 SDK.
Photo: Apple

Apple warned developers today that it’ll soon automatically reject any iPhone or iPad software submitted to the App Store if it wasn’t written with the iOS 13 SDK.

iOS 13 brings big benefits

The company pointed out that by moving to the iOS 13 software development kit, their apps can “deliver great user experiences by seamlessly integrating with Dark Mode, Sign in with Apple, and the latest advances in ARKit 3, Core ML 3, and Siri.”

Adopting Sign in with Apple is mandatory for some applications. Any app that uses Facebook Login, Google Sign-In or other third-party or social login service must also adopt Apple’s system.

Apple revealed today that 77% of all iPhones introduced in the last four years run iOS 13.x. And the percentage is even higher for tablets: iPadOS is now running on 79% of all iPads introduced in the last four years. These are all computers that can take advantage of the new features in the iOS 13 SDK.

This move doesn’t mean that every application on the App Store will be built with the newest development kit. However, all new apps, and all updates to older ones, must use the newer tools.

Other adjustments to the App Store today

There are also changes to the App Store Review Guidelines that developers must follow to get their iPhone or iPad software approved.

According to Apple, “The changes impact replies to reviews, spam, push notifications, Sign in with Apple, data collection and storage, mobile device management, and more.”

Source: Apple


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