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Apple accepts February 2014 only for iOS 7 optimized apps

2014-03-21  |  Comebuy News

Apple has tightened its rules for iOS apps. From 1st February 2014, developers can submit only applications optimized for iOS 7. The new regulation applies for new apps and updates to existing software. It announced the company on its Developer Web site.

Also, the iPhone maker makes mandatory the use of Xcode 5, the latest version of its developer tools of. It includes 64-bit support and new application programming interfaces (APIs) for running apps in the background.

Apple encouraged programmers always to support the latest version of its mobile operating system. To this end, it regularly publishes statistics on the distribution of new versions of iOS. In early December, the proportion of iOS was 7 at 74 percent. iOS 6 runs therefore on 22 percent of all Apple mobile devices. Older versions have a share of only 4%.

TechCrunch suspects, that Apple considered even more sure that developers update their apps for iOS 7, because "it is the biggest change in the history of Apple's mobile software" than ever before. So far, developers themselves could decide whether they offer also versions of an app for older iOS editions to download.

"Arises from the wording, that it is more about the underlying structure of the apps on the request and make her look less", TechCrunch writes. You can 'optimize an app', whatever that means also without to reshape it. However many standard elements of the user interface have changed in the new software development kit (SDK), which is why many apps would need to be revised to work correctly.

[with material by Richard Nieva,]

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