Apple relaxes some of its App Store review guidelines with latest update

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Time beside him Worldwide Developers Conference This week, Apple released a new set of App Store review guidelines that, oddly enough, now loosen restrictions on some of the requirements you need to meet to publish to the App Store. Typically, Apple updates its guidelines either to introduce new rules or to clarify existing rules for developers by adding more details. But this week’s changes instead remove several rules relating to subsets of apps, including lottery apps, apps used for charitable donations, apps that use location, and more.

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The changes follow a series of legal issues and new regulations in select markets due to Apple’s control of its app store, where the company is under pressure to allow payments to third parties and increase competition. Both EU as well as United States. are considering measures to level the playing field on many fronts when it comes to app stores and the fees they charge.

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Specifically, Apple’s new guidance calls for the removal of one of its more vague rules about how an app must function in order for it to be listed on the App Store.

In the update, Apple removed the requirement (Rule 4.2.3) that an application must “include sufficient content in the binary to enable the application to run when launched.” While Apple is designed to ensure that apps have some minimum functionality and can be used once installed, Apple has also used this rule to block apps that require another app to run or that must first call resources from the Internet. As to why Apple is now removing this rule is less clear, but presumably it will now mean that apps can prompt users to download additional assets at startup, as some games already do, and are not required to run. before this download. completed. Perhaps this will pave the way for HTML5-enabled games to return to the App Store after limited in 2019.

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Combined with two other changes related to lottery apps, it appears that Apple may be relaxing its HTML5 rules when used in this subset of the app marketplace. The company also removed rule 5.3.3, which prohibited users from purchasing lottery or raffle tickets or initiating in-app fund transfers, and rule 4.7, which restricted sweepstakes and charitable donations in code not embedded in binary.

Apple had explained his reason in January 2020. around the use of HTML5 in apps, stating that apps that dynamically expose core features and functionality through HTML5 are “best delivered through Safari” — a sign that Apple wanted to limit apps of this kind in its App Store. In the revised guidelines, Apple is changing its setup slightly, which could have broader implications for the lottery app industry.

Other updated requirements links new set of WeatherKit tools for developers, allowing you to create applications that use Apple’s own weather data services. In rule 5.2.5, Apple simply says that apps must meet the attribution requirements outlined in the WeatherKit documentation.

Finally, another drop rule (2.5.4) focuses on location data. Apple is no longer requiring apps that use location in the background to remind users that doing so “may significantly reduce battery life.” This is likely more to do with improvements in the iPhone’s battery capabilities over recent years, as guidelines still restrict multitasking apps from using a background location just to keep the app running.

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