Apple Will Clean Up the App Store by Eliminating Outdated and Non-Functional Apps

BY Evan Selleck

Published 1 Sep 2016

App Store Apps

The App Store is a monstrous success for Apple, across its platforms, and there are more than a few apps to sift through for the average user.

Which can make finding what someone is looking for a bit tricky, especially if there are several different copies out there. All of this is made worse if there are outdated and non-functional apps messing up the search results. So, as a means to start addressing this issue, and to clean up the App Store proper, Apple has officially notified developers that it will begin an in-depth process to help clean everything up.

“To make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs, we want to ensure that apps available on the App Store are functional and up-to-date. We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended, don’t follow current review guidelines, or are outdated.”

That will start with an evaluation process that will have Apple going through every category of apps, and looking for apps that function as expected, as well as follow the App Store guidelines for reviews, and, perhaps most importantly, aren’t left to rot in an outdated state within the digital storefront.

On top of that, app names are getting a tweak, specifically in terms of how many characters can be allowed. Apple has been paying attention to apps that have ridiculously long app names, which can alter search results. So, as a result of that, app names will have a character limit of 50 from here on out.

[via Apple Developers]