Apple will soon kill off non-functional and abandoned apps

Apple will soon kill off non-functional and abandoned apps
The iOS App Store offers a vast library of apps and games well into the millions, many of which are used daily and catch regular updates. Over its eight-year lifespan, though, the App Store has accumulated swathes of useless, non-functional, or otherwise dead apps that have long been abandoned by their developers. With such apps occupying virtual shelf space that could be better allocated, Apple has decided on a clear out. Henceforth, devs will have the best part of a month to fix their problematic apps before Apple deletes them, while apps that simply crash upon launch will be axed even sooner. 

This very late / early spring cleaning will come as a relief to many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users, as well those behind active apps. The ranking and ratings systems mean that even now, it's relatively easy to find what's new and worth downloading. But to be rid of the clutter will make everyone's life just that little bit easier moving forward. 

In an email sent out to developers earlier today, Apple also indicated that it will also be shortening the maximum length of app names to 50 characters. Some developers purposely elongate their titles, squeezing in as many keywords as they can to essentially game the algorithm and move up the rankings. With a 50-character limit, Cupertino hopes to keep such abuse down to a minimum. 

This initiative will kick off on September 7th, prompting a 30-day countdown for developers to get their apps in order. The date is of particular significance because it's also when Apple is expected to unveil the new iPhone 7. With the final public version of iOS 10 likely to launch on the 7th or shortly thereafter, the fruit company is seizing the opportunity to rid the App Store of excess baggage.

source: Verge

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17 Comments

1. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

About time! There are way too many abandoned and junky apps in the App Store. A total redesign of iTunes would be nice also, but somehow I think that's hoping for too much.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

who knows... with the new iphone coming out.. you might get your wish. #860

3. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Pity for you because tim crook don't give a fu*k to his sheep's opinion.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What a coincidence because people feel the same way about your comment.

7. Arthurhkt

Posts: 725; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I LOL on this.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think it's a great idea for Apple to get rid of some of those useless apps. Apple could start by getting rid of their Apple Maps.

5. Fona13A unregistered

To be fair this should be a regular procedure, killing off abandonware...

6. kiko007

Posts: 7513; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Tell that to Google, MSFT, Apple (before now), and evey wanna be app store Android has as a side piece.

8. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Google should definitely do this.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

But if Google gets rid of crappy apps - there will be no apps left for android users. (Sorry, I had to, was too easy).

14. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

LOL, good one though.

15. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

the thing I dont like about Android is the crappy-clone apps. I mean we know some apps are open-sourced but that doesnt mean you can blatantly use an old version of that app then simply redesigned the logo & change the name. Then the click-bait app name 'mqrde" "swapface, faceswap"

17. AlikMalix unregistered

That's funny, that even prevails in the App Store. I have downloaded at least two apps in 5 years that were remakes of something else I was looking for.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Great idea! So when you're done, that means the only apps left will be by Microsoft and Google. /s

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I begged to defer. I have find my smartphone more useful than a year ago. I shop with eBay, Amazon, Qoo10 apps, check real time weather demographic, do my internet bank with the respective bank app. Do all my office work and personal work on phone or tablet. You belong to the older gen techie. Newer gen work along side with mobile technology even Microsoft knows that. Many online business actually shutdown their web site in favor of mobile app. So what do you say to that?

11. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

A very good idea. I hope the others will "copy" that.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

If it's for the good, then why shouldn't they!!

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