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Apple expands requirements for apps built with the iOS 13 SDK

SDK iOS 13

Apple has extended the deadline for developers who will use the iOS 13 SDK to build new apps and updates by April 30.


In an article on the official blog, Apple says it has extended this period to help developers who may need more time to update their apps on the App Store. The company extended the deadline from April 30 to June 30.

This means that developers will have more time to update their apps with the iOS 13 SDK and comply with Apple's expectations:

  • New applications and updates for iPhone and iPad must be made with the iOS 13 SDK and use an Xcode storyboard for the application startup screen
  • Applications must support all iPhone and iPad notches
  • Apple Watch applications must be created with watchOS 6 SDK or later.
  • Applications that authenticate or configure user accounts must support Sign in with Apple if required by directive 4.8 for publication on the App Store
  • Applications of the Kids category must fully comply with guidelines 1.3 and 5.1.4. app store review guidelines
  • Applications that use HTML 5 must fully comply with 4.7 Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the App Store review guidelines

This decision was made to help developers at such a complicated time due to the coronavirus pandemic.