Apple begins removing outdated apps from the App Store

By , Sep 26, 2016

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In keeping true to its promise, The Great App Store Purge is now underway as Apple recently began removing old, outdated and seldom updated apps from the App Store, as first spotted by French blog “We noticed that your app has not been updated in a significant amount of time,” reads Apple’s message to affected developers.

To keep their apps alive on the App Store, Apple is demanding that developers submit updated versions for review within 30 days.

After the 30 days have passed, Apple will remove any outdated apps from the store “until you submit an update and it is approved”.

Any removed apps will remain fully functional for current users who have downloaded it prior to the removal. Users will “experience no interruption to services, will still be able to buy In-App Purchases and can re-download the app while restoring from an iCloud or iTunes backup,” writes Apple.

App Store purge developer message

The iPhone maker cautioned on September 1 that beginning September 7 it’d start purging the App Store of poorly maintained apps, zombie apps which haven’t seen an update in ages and abandoned apps that no longer function as advertised.

Apps that don’t follow iOS development guidelines are getting removed, too.

Lastly, Apple is no longer accepting submissions and app updates with names longer than 50 characters because it found that some developers have resorted to using “extremely long” app names in an attempt to influence App Store search results.

Source: (Google Translate)

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  • JRDN

    Who else read the title as “Apple begins removing zombie game apps from the App Store”?

    • Abhinav Chaudhary

      Not me

    • AMB_07

      I thought it was concerning apps about zombies too lol

    • Same lol

    • Aniruddh Kothari


    • Agneev Mukherjee

      I thought they would remove Hitman: Sniper after I saw that title. LOL

    • Jamessmooth

      Thats exactly what I was gonna comment. I just had about 10 emotions in 10 seconds. what a roller coaster.

    • JRDN

      Lol guys did not expect a ton of people to agree with me. Our comments ended up changing the title. For those who missed it, the article was originally titled as “Apple begins removing zombie apps from the App Store”.

      Also, guys, it was not click bait. Those apps are called zombie apps.

  • stylesbeyond

    about time way to many crappy dated apps

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      Especially em’ Japanese ones…

  • pnh

    Why would they remove zombie apps a month before Halloween?

    • Agneev Mukherjee

      That’s the Halloween spirit.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Because it’s racist to kill zombies.

  • Bye bye, AppShopper :((

    • Stetch

      Yeah its sad … used that one since it first arrived on appstore …

      • Glad it still works though, albeit with an ugly and severely outdated interface.

      • Stetch

        AppZapp is another app I use for the same purpose.

      • Heard of it but too lazy to copy thousands of apps to AppZapp.

      • Stetch

        Hehe yeah … I wonder if you can export the games as text from the AppShopper website …

      • Timothy

        Try saving the website as an icon to your home screen; the web version is much cleaner-looking.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    Zombie? Because your surname starts with Z?

    • Erick Reyes


      • Agneev Mukherjee

        I meant the author i.e. Christian Zibreg.

  • Riley Freeman

    headline here could have significantly better. Reading the headlines makes it sound like apple is targeting one specific group. Not until you read the article do you see what it’s actually about.

    Why not just go with “apple begins removing apps that have not been updated”

    or is this just click bait?

  • Fede777

    How much time does “We noticed that your app has not been updated in a significant amount of time” mean?

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    There are a lot of iPhone OS 3 + apps I want, so I should probably download them now and make a Dropbox + Mega + Local backup. Maybe even zip them and put them on a CD-R >.>

    • ListenUpGuys

      I don’t think CD-R is a reliable way to back-up. I’m interested in which old apps you’d like to get. Would you mind telling us a few? 🙂

    • Dino Din

      yesssss! like tap tap games! tap tap revenge!!!

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Horrible article title…I thought they were removing actual Zombie apps from the app store. I was like wtf would they do that for? Smh.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Headline society.

  • Volerikan

    Can confirm, one of my games was removed. Was built for the 3.5″ screens and would have took too much time to rework it for 4″ and higher screens – I could have done it, but may have lost compatibility with older devices. Wasn’t really worth it, though it did run perfectly on iOS 10.

  • Blacklight: Retribution

    I just saw the title change.