Apple to developers: if we deleted your old app, it deserved it

It’s also clarifying its criteria for removing apps. | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Recently, several developers complained about how Apple threatened to remove their apps from the App Store because they hadn’t been updated in a “significant amount of time.” Now, the company has responded — by issuing a press release effectively saying that nobody was downloading the apps anyways.

The notice, released on Friday evening, reads in part:

As part of the App Store Improvements process, developers of apps that have not been updated within the last three years and fail to meet a minimal download threshold — meaning the app has not been downloaded at all or extremely few times during a rolling 12 month period — receive an email notifying them that their app has been identified for possible removal from the App Store.

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Author: Mitchell Clark