Apple will soon kill off non-functional and abandoned apps
posted by Ben R. / Sep 01, 2016, 5:33 PM
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.
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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.
posted on Sep 01, 2016, 5:51 PM 2
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Pity for you because tim crook don't give a fu*k to his sheep's opinion.
posted on Sep 01, 2016, 6:25 PM 4
To be fair this should be a regular procedure, killing off abandonware...
posted on Sep 01, 2016, 6:42 PM 5
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Tell that to Google, MSFT, Apple (before now), and evey wanna be app store Android has as a side piece.
posted on Sep 01, 2016, 6:46 PM 0
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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"
posted on Sep 02, 2016, 1:32 AM 1
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Great idea! So when you're done, that means the only apps left will be by Microsoft and Google. /s
posted on Sep 01, 2016, 9:09 PM 0
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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?
posted on Sep 01, 2016, 9:50 PM 1
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A very good idea. I hope the others will "copy" that.
posted on Sep 01, 2016, 11:18 PM 1
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