Apple Makes A Move

Apple’s new developer requirements differentiate between new apps and ones already in the App Store: Existing apps can continue to be built with some older versions of the iOS and watchOS SDKs, but Apple said today that it will stop accepting apps built with the watchOS 1 SDK on April 1. Roughly 65 percent of iOS devices are currently running iOS 11, 28 percent are on iOS 10, and 7 percent are on earlier versions of iOS; similar numbers are not available for watchOS.

The new requirements are designed to push all developers to more quickly adopt improvements found in the latest operating system releases. Apple has frequently cited security and other under-the-hood enhancements as reasons for customers to keep their devices up to date with the latest OS releases; a guarantee of continued compatibility with popular apps can also give users reasons to update.

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Quad 7 Capital 3 years ago Author's comment

Yes it really is something. Nothing surprises us anymore with Apple. And not much users can do, other than vote with their dollars, yet so many are loyal to the brand

Alpha Stockman 3 years ago Member's comment

Interesting article Quad 7 Capital, but I wonder... How much of this is #Apple trying to leverage its superior technology to really make their products shine? As opposed to simply being another way to force users to upgrade to their latest gadgets. If everyone using older devices suddenly have all their apps stop working, and the only way to get them to work is to upgrade, well then that reeks of desperation to me and could end up being the straw that finally breaks the famed loyalty of its users. $AAPL

Duanne Johnson 3 years ago Member's comment

Agreed. If I understand correctly, it does sound like apps will no longer work unless users upgrade to the latest specs. To me this stinks of Apple trying to pull a fast one again. I think its time I switched to Android.

Abe Jouejati 3 years ago Contributor's comment

As an #iPhone user I do not like the forced updates. However, this is part and parcel of #Apple's business model. It is a dynamic innovator in a cutting-edge industry where technologies are always emerging and improving. Apple has to be able to keep up and also to keep its existing users up-to-date with new trends. $AAPL

David Reynolds 3 years ago Member's comment

Sorry Abe Jouejati, but you are buying into Apple's excuses. I and countless others had older iPad devices that worked JUST FINE until they forced them to process slower to produce a negative lag. There was no benefit for this - my battery life and processing speed was superb. The real reason for this was #Apple's slowing sales for it's devices. By crippling their older devices, they are increasing demand for new products. $AAPL

David Reynolds 3 years ago Member's comment

What #Apple should have done is find ways to make their new devices stand out. Differentiate them enough to entice people to upgrade. I think the company is losing it's innovative edge. Bearish on $AAPL