Today, Apple changes its app review process to save face with Devs

As promised in July, Apple today made some notable changes to the app review and response process used by the app’s developers for the tech giant’s operating system.
Apple today posted a message to one of its developer portals, stating that, going forward, its app review team will no longer keep significant bug-fix updates for previously published apps when those apps conflict with guidelines But be locked in controversy. bug fix. However, “you will be able to address guideline violations in your next submission instead.”
The change appears to have led to a public fight between the Stacketizer app developer Basecamp and Apple over the recently launched email app Hey. BassCamp then claimed that amid back-and-forth updates between the two companies, Apple made a significant bug-fix update on how the hey-in-app purchases were made.
This change not only ensures that developers will be able to destroy bugs that are affecting users even if there is ongoing disagreement with Cupertino but also that hey is a little less bad for what Apple did during the dispute Pressure will be met.
Additionally, Apple has created a new feedback-form option, in which members of its developer program can “suggest changes” to their app review guidelines. Today is the full text of Apple’s note to developers:

The App Store is dedicated to providing a great experience for everyone. To continue offering users a safe place to download apps and to help you develop applications respecting secure privacy, high-quality, reliable and user privacy, we updated the app review process announced at WWDC20 is. For apps that are already on the App Store, bug fixes will no longer be delayed in violation of the guidelines, except for those involving legal issues. Instead you will be able to address guideline violations in your next submission. And now, apart from deciding whether an app violates the guidelines, you can suggest a change in the guidelines. We encourage you to submit your App Store and Apple Development Platform suggestions so that we can improve experiences for the developer community.

The link goes to the same “Contact Application Review Team” page asking developers about the status of the application or appealing a rejection, but now includes a dropdown option “The label suggests a guideline change. ” From there, developers can choose a specific guideline for the challenge — such as 3.1.1 in-app purchases, for example — and type in suggestions.

That said, Apple has not said how it can act on this response, only that it is accepting it. In all likelihood, the company — which is under considerable pressure from shareholders to slow iPhone sales with revenue revenue — probably won’t change in-app purchases or its rules about it simply because some developers have given that Gave feedback. We will have to wait and see what, if any, events move from here.

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