Apple requiring apps be developed on Xcode 13 starting April 25

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in General Discussion edited March 16
Apple will soon require that all apps developed for its platforms be built with Xcode 13, the latest version of the company's development kit.

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple


The Cupertino tech giant notified developers in an update on Tuesday that Xcode 13 will be required for App Store submissions starting on Monday, April 25.

"Make the most of the exciting features in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 to offer even more intuitive and valuable user experiences," Apple wrote in the update. "Improve your app's performance by refactoring your code to take advantage of asynchronous functions in Swift. And with the latest updates to SwiftUI, you can enhance your apps with new features, such as improved list views, better search experiences, and support for control focus areas."

While apps built with Xcode 13 will be required, the newest version of the SDK will still support older Apple software, including iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.

Apple is currently on Xcode version 13.3, which was released on March 14 alongside iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.5, and other updates on Monday. The previous version of Xcode, version 13.2, was released in December and caused some issues for developers before being resolved.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    22july201322july2013 Posts: 3,002member
    When will Apple start booting apps from the App Store that haven't been updated for two years, since Privacy Labels were established?
    Fidonet127JaiOh81watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 9
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 892member
    When will Apple start booting apps from the App Store that haven't been updated for two years, since Privacy Labels were established?
    Likely on April 25th.
    killroywatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 9
    JinTech said:
    When will Apple start booting apps from the App Store that haven't been updated for two years, since Privacy Labels were established?
    Likely on April 25th.
    Unlikely. That date is for NEW app submissions. Generally speaking the only time an app is booted from the store is if it A.) violates Apple's rules or B.) becomes a competitor to a feature Apple is releasing. Other then that, Apple couldn't care less how old and outdated an app is. Every version sold is $$$ for them, screw the end user experience.
  • Reply 4 of 9
    JinTechJinTech Posts: 892member
    JinTech said:
    When will Apple start booting apps from the App Store that haven't been updated for two years, since Privacy Labels were established?
    Likely on April 25th.
    Unlikely. That date is for NEW app submissions. Generally speaking the only time an app is booted from the store is if it A.) violates Apple's rules or B.) becomes a competitor to a feature Apple is releasing. Other then that, Apple couldn't care less how old and outdated an app is. Every version sold is $$$ for them, screw the end user experience.
    According to the article, it says "Apple will soon require that all apps developed for its platforms be built with Xcode 13, the latest version of the company's development kit." which implies this will apply to old apps as well.
    killroyBeatswatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 9
    JinTech said:
    JinTech said:
    When will Apple start booting apps from the App Store that haven't been updated for two years, since Privacy Labels were established?
    Likely on April 25th.
    Unlikely. That date is for NEW app submissions. Generally speaking the only time an app is booted from the store is if it A.) violates Apple's rules or B.) becomes a competitor to a feature Apple is releasing. Other then that, Apple couldn't care less how old and outdated an app is. Every version sold is $$$ for them, screw the end user experience.
    According to the article, it says "Apple will soon require that all apps developed for its platforms be built with Xcode 13, the latest version of the company's development kit." which implies this will apply to old apps as well.
    The sentence right after the one you quoted says the new rule will apply to submissions. That makes it sound like only new apps and updates. 
    MissNomerkillroyBeatswatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 9
    JinTech said:
    JinTech said:
    When will Apple start booting apps from the App Store that haven't been updated for two years, since Privacy Labels were established?
    Likely on April 25th.
    Unlikely. That date is for NEW app submissions. Generally speaking the only time an app is booted from the store is if it A.) violates Apple's rules or B.) becomes a competitor to a feature Apple is releasing. Other then that, Apple couldn't care less how old and outdated an app is. Every version sold is $$$ for them, screw the end user experience.
    According to the article, it says "Apple will soon require that all apps developed for its platforms be built with Xcode 13, the latest version of the company's development kit." which implies this will apply to old apps as well.
     “ Starting April 25, 2022, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with Xcode 13, which includes the SDKs for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8.”

    Implies the action of new submissions.

    Besides, Apple do this all the time - this is not a new policy - it’s simply a clarification on which version is now required.
    killroywatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 9
    geekmeegeekmee Posts: 574member
    Where does ‘Swift’ fit in??
    (I am obviously an end user, not a coder or developer. Normally I wouldn’t read an announcement like this.)
    Just curious, a high end analogy will do.
    edited March 16 watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 9
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 1,697member
    geekmee said:
    Where does ‘Swift’ fit in??
    (I am obviously an end user, not a coder or developer. Normally I wouldn’t read an announcement like this.)
    Just curious, a high end analogy will do.
    “Swift” is one of the main computer languages used to develop for Apple platforms.  The other being the older Objective-C.  

    “Swift UI” is a new-ish library for UI implementation using the Swift language.  The traditional library, UIKit, is Objective-C oriented in terms of how it works so Apple made a new one more oriented to Swift paradigms.  Having said that I would bet UIKit is used a lot more than Swift UI. UiKit works perfectly well with the Swift language. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 9
    tokyojimutokyojimu Posts: 514member
    When will Apple start booting apps from the App Store that haven't been updated for two years, since Privacy Labels were established?
    Hopefully never. I use a handful of apps that have been abandoned by their developer, and if they were kicked out for this reason, I would lose access to them.
    watto_cobra
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