All New Apps Must Be Built With iOS 11 SDK Starting in April

Apple today sent out a notice to developers letting them know that starting in April of 2018, all new apps submitted to the App Store must be built using the iOS 11 SDK, which is included in Xcode 9 or later.

Furthermore, Apple says that all new apps designed for the iPhone, including universal apps, must support the iPhone X's Super Retina display.

Update your version of Xcode to the latest release of Xcode 9 available on the Mac App Store, which includes the iOS 11 SDK, and build your apps. Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK. All new apps for iPhone, including universal apps, must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X.

With this requirement, Apple is aiming to encourage developers to adopt key features introduced in iOS 11, like Core ML, ARKit, new camera APIs, expanded SiriKit domains, and more, plus the company is making sure future apps will be fully compatible with the display of the iPhone X.

Apple will, for the time being, allow apps built using earlier SDKs to continue to be updated without switching over to the iOS 11 SDK, but at some point in the future, Apple is likely to require developers to use the iOS 11 SDK for app updates as well.

April 1, 2018 is also when Apple plans to stop accepting updates to watchOS 1 apps. All updates submitted after that date must be built using the watchOS 2 SDK or later, and all newly submitted apps must be built with the watchOS 4 SDK or later.



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26 weeks ago

X compatibility should be required.


It is! Second sentence on the article. :)
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26 weeks ago

What about apps like CVS Pharmacy, literally still to this day is an iPhone 4 app!!

Meh. They refuse to take Apple Pay too.
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26 weeks ago
X compatibility should be required.
Rating: 8 Votes
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26 weeks ago
The apps must be compliant with the bugs in iOS 11.
Rating: 6 Votes
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26 weeks ago
They should also have to support the 10.5 iPad Pro if offering iPad support...

Whilst they’re at it, Apple should be forcing Facebook to support it too.
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26 weeks ago

With this requirement, Apple is aiming to encourage developers to adopt key features introduced in iOS 11, like Core ML, ARKit, new camera APIs, expanded SiriKit domains, and more, plus the company is making sure future apps will be fully compatible with the display of the iPhone X.

...and also ensuring that every customer who actively uses apps from the app store must upgrade their device to iOS 11. That's one way to improve the iOS 11 adoption rate. ;)
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26 weeks ago
Does this mean I'll have to put that virus ios11 on my phone?
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26 weeks ago
To all the non-devs out there: this article is misleading. Devs can still target older iOS versions, thereby ensuring compatibility, they just can’t use the old SDK to do so. There’s really no downside for anyone here.
Rating: 5 Votes
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26 weeks ago

Does this mean I'll have to put that virus ios11 on my phone?


Nope, using the iOS 11 SDK and Xcode 9, developers will still be able to target earlier iOS versions all the way back to iOS 8.
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26 weeks ago
What about apps like CVS Pharmacy, literally still to this day is an iPhone 4 app!!
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