Apple Requiring All New Apps and App Updates to be Built With iOS 12 SDK by March 2019

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today asked developers to begin submitting apps that take advantage of new features in iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave ahead of the upcoming launch of the new software updates.
    According to Apple, all new apps and app updates for iPhone, including universal apps, will be need to be built with the iOS 12 SDK and will need to include support for the iPhone XS Max starting in March 2019.

    All new apps and app updates for Apple Watch will need to be built with the watchOS 5 SDK and will need to support Apple Watch Series 4 by the same date.

    Apple plans to release iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and new software for the HomePod on Monday, September 17. Apple will release macOS Mojave a week later on Monday, September 24.

    Article Link: Apple Requiring All New Apps and App Updates to be Built With iOS 12 SDK by March 2019
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Not surprising. Keep up and keep building on the current platform.
  3. ajgraves macrumors newbie


    Sep 12, 2018
    There are still apps that are not updated for the original X... how about they start enforcing there?
  4. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I hope this doesn't mean that another batch of older apps is set to become obsolete if they're not updated. I've already lost enough of them.
  5. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    OMG. I understand the big push to 64 bit, but Apple refusing to support their own code base for even a whole year is just bizarre.
  6. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Will this mean all the apps will finally fit the iPhone X Screen? I am looking at you public transit and other government apps!
  7. now i see it macrumors 68020

    Jan 2, 2002
    It's the new path to planned obsolescence. They got nabbed in throttlegate, so their going about it another way.
  8. stoopkidblues macrumors 6502


    Mar 21, 2014
    Wasn’t the initial deadline like July 2018 or something?? How I understood it was any apps submitted/updated after July would have to support the X (which I know isn’t the case as even Apple *just* updated a few of their own) but maybe they wanted to wait until 12 was live to truly enforce it.
  9. HiVolt macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    There are still apps that scale the resolution from the 4" phones (5/5s) to the iPhone 6/7/8's, and the apps are regularly updated.

    It's a major pisser for me for a few apps that I use regularly that still haven't upgraded to even the 6/7/8 resolutions, much less the X.

    I wonder if that will finally force them to make the apps scale properly on all larger phones.
  10. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    Good thing I don't have to buy a new computer yet to make free apps.
  11. Labeno macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2008
    After that date, I won't be surprised if the number of active iOS apps drops from I think 2 million, to about 100,000. Tim Cook once said in an excited voice "over 10% of apps are download every month", which implies 90% are never really downloaded. If apps are never downloaded, devs have no incentive to update.
  12. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
  13. az431 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    This applies to new apps and app updates. Apple is not going to require existing apps to be resubmitted to support the X, XS, or any other new phone.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 12, 2018 ---
    Read the article. This applies to new apps and updates to existing apps.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 12, 2018 ---
    Again. Requirement covers NEW apps and UPDATES to existing apps. Developers are not required to modify existing apps to support the X, XS, etc.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 12, 2018 ---
    --- Post Merged, Sep 12, 2018 ---
    No. See above.
  14. PierJes macrumors newbie


    Mar 21, 2016
    Quebec, QC. Canada
    That's just great.
    Half the apps I own has been forsaken by their developers.
    They don't bother updating anymore. They don't even answer inquiries.

    Will that mean Apple will get rid of them ?
    Will the app run on iOS 12 anyhow ?
    I suspect we will be on the losing end....
  15. FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
  16. MandiMac macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2012
    If a developer decides to abandon his/her app, unfortunately we already have lost.
  17. Morgenland macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2009
    You don't seem to understand anything. Except whine.
  18. MandiMac macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2012
    But why? All 2 million are still available, up and running. They‘re simply not optimised for your device. I still need to see a source of how many apps are staying in the 32-bit era.
  19. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Different things. One deadline for "support the iPhone X". Which you can do just fine with iOS 11 (and slightly hacked with the iOS 10 SDK, but that will likely break with iPhone Max). Another deadline for "use the iOS 12 SDK". Which means there may be UI changes, say if iOS 12 displays buttons different from iOS 11.
  20. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Can the iOS 12 SDK target iOS 10 or iOS 11, or does this mean that anyone not running iOS 12 is not going to be able to get app updates?
  21. stoopkidblues macrumors 6502


    Mar 21, 2014
    I said updates to the apps that already exist, meaning I thought when developers submitted an update it HAD to include support for the X. To me, support means scaling to fit the entire screen, etc. not just using the iOS 11/12 sdk, right? Like if they have to build the apps using the new SDK wouldn’t (or I guess shouldn’t) developers have to scale their apps accordingly?? This sounds like the iPhone 4 retina issue and iPhone 6+ scaling issue all over again *screams internally*

    Ahhh okay. So this is to just to ensure support for something like say Shortcuts app? Just to make sure it works with iOS 12 not necessarily the UI? I thought they’d be basically intertwined as you need to use the iOS 12 SDK which kinda means you need to scale and make sure your app(s) support the larger screens (X, XS and Max)?
  22. az431 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    That's not what it means. The developer decides which OS versions to target when compiling the app. We generally don't target more than two iOS versions older than the current iOS version (iOS 10), but some developers are going back as far as iOS 8.

    If the developer stops supporting an iOS version you will not receive any further app updates.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 13, 2018 ---
    Building the app with the iOS 12 SDK means compiling the code to upload to Apple, nothing more. There is no requirement that a developer scale their apps or adapt their UI for newer devices, though if there was a major issue it would be flagged on app review.
  23. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    The developers have abandoned you! Take heart, there are many more developers that welcome you!

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