Apple To Remove Faulty And Abandoned Apps From The App Store Starting Next Week

Ali Salman
Posted Sep 2, 2016
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The App Store has been a tremendous success for Apple and there are abundant apps for an average user to  cruise through. However at times, it gets a little tricky to find the right app. This is mainly because there are copies of apps which, if not visually, perform the same operation. Apple has addressed this issue in an email to implement two suggestions from the developer community. The changes will be implemented on the same day the company has planned to release the iPhone 7. Let’s see what changes are to be implemented in the App Store.

Apple Will Implement App Store Changes By September 7th

Apple has officially notified developers that it will thoroughly clean the App Store. The notice to developer clearly indicates that Apple will begin removing and reviewing non-functional apps starting the 7th of September. The App Store will adhere to this change in not just one, but all categories. Apps that crash automatically once you launch them will be removed immediately. However, other apps would have a 30 days time period to submit an update to keep the app within the premise of the App Store.

“To make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs, we want to ensure that apps available on the App Store are functional and up-to-date. We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines, or are outdated.”

Once faulty apps are removed from the App Store, users will no longer be able to download it in the future. However, the removed apps will not lose functionality for users who already have the app installed on their iOS device. Apart from this, app names are getting a tweak as well. The change deals in the number of characters you are allowed. Apple has been observing and paying attention to apps with gigantic names. These names, altogether, can alter search results and reflects an overall negative impact. So from here on, app names will have a character limit of 50. This will ensure not-so-long app names and an overall better experience for users in terms of searching them.

So removing faulty apps and limiting the character number in app names are the two changes that the company wants app developers to follow and look out for. Other than this, Apple has also suggested developer to read the App Store Review Guidelines and note that their app follows.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on Apple’s plans to curate the App Store with faulty and abandoned apps? Do you feel some app titles on the App Store are just too long? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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