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Apple has recently announced new requirements for developers who wish to submit their apps to the App Store. Starting next month, Apple will require that every app must be built with Xcode 14.1 or later to ensure compatibility with iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and macOS Ventura.
Xcode is the tool used by developers to create apps for Apple’s platforms, including iOS and macOS. As of April 25, the App Store will no longer accept apps built with older versions of Xcode. The new rule applies to both new apps and updates for apps already available on the App Store.
The company confirmed the news on its Apple Developer website, and also “highly recommends” developers update their apps to take advantage of the latest features available with iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. With iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, Apple introduced many new APIs such as Live Activities for iPhone, App Intents, Metal 3, and an improved interface for iPad apps.
The latest version of Xcode 14, which includes the latest SDKs for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and watchOS 9, is available for free on the Mac App Store. It requires a Mac running macOS Monterey 12.5 or later. Developers can also download the latest version of Xcode by going to the Apple Developer website.
When it comes to watchOS 9, the latest version of the Apple Watch operating system brings richer complications for watch faces, support for VoIP calls, and more.
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This new requirement shows Apple’s commitment to ensuring that its users get the best possible experience from the apps available on its platforms. By making Xcode 14.1 or later mandatory, Apple ensures that apps are built using the latest tools and technologies, which should lead to better performance, stability, and security.