As of April 30, All Apps Submitted to App Store Must Use iOS 13 SDK or Later

Wednesday March 4, 2020 9:40 AM PST by Juli Clover

Apple today informed developers that starting on April 30, 2020, all iPhone and iPad apps submitted to the App Store must be built with iOS and iPadOS 13 SDK or later.


Apple previously told developers that iOS and ‌iPadOS‌ 13 SDKs would be required as of April, but did not give a specific date.

iOS 13 is now running on 77% of all iOS devices introduced in the last four years, worldwide. Deliver great user experiences by seamlessly integrating with Dark Mode, Sign in with Apple, and the latest advances in ARKit 3, Core ML 3, and Siri. Starting April 30, 2020, all ‌iPhone‌ apps submitted to the ‌App Store‌ must be built with the ‌iOS 13‌ SDK or later.

Take advantage of Xcode features such as storyboards (including launch storyboards), Auto Layout, and SwiftUI, to ensure your app's interface elements and layouts automatically fit the display of all ‌iPhone‌ models, regardless of size or aspect ratio. Starting April 30, 2020, all apps submitted to the ‌App Store‌ must use an Xcode storyboard to provide the app's launch screen and all ‌iPhone‌ apps must support all ‌iPhone‌ screens.

Apple also says that as of April 30, all apps must use an Xcode storyboard to provide the launch screen. All ‌iPhone‌ apps must support all ‌iPhone‌ screens, and all ‌iPad‌ apps must support all ‌iPad‌ screens.

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4 weeks ago


What about the devices not capable of running iOS 13? Can apps that were developed with the iOS 13 SDK still be deployed on iOS 11/12?


Yes. SDK ≠ deployment version. You can technically still deploy apps for iOS 8 with the iOS 13 SDK, maybe even lower. The only problems are that new iOS 13-only APIs and bug fixes in existing APIs are not available on older OS versions.
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4 weeks ago
About time. No excuses for not supporting every device, no matter the size and scale of the developer’s organization.

Want to make money? Keep up with the times. No rewards for laziness.
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4 weeks ago


I mean, I'm a nerd but I don't care about getting emulators on my phone because I see my phone as a communications device and little more. Not even all nerds feel the need for emulators on their phones.

I’m a nerd myself, I know not all do, but generally average joes don’t care about that stuff.
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4 weeks ago


So this will be planned obsolete ? I mean if you have an iphone with ios12 you will be forced to upgrade, if you can, to ios13 (the current one) for you to be able use any apps?!


Who is ‘forcing’ you to do anything?
Ive never seen the Apple Genius tech put a gun to your head demanding you upgrade! The older model phones will still run the last version available of an ap for that OS. It will keep running with all the same features and capabilities it came with from the factory. YOU can chose when or if you want to ‘upgrade’.

Put it this way - do you complain that a 10 year old car does not have the same features as one that just rolled off the line? The older car will still run perfectly fine as is and will not lose any capability it came with, it just won’t have the latest features availble on the new model.
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4 weeks ago


iOS/iPadOS is the other battery throttling to force customers to buy new devices. There's no reason backwards compatibility can't be better like on Android where something complex like Playstation emulator can still run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread from 2010.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.epsxe.ePSXe
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.emulator.fpse

And, while they're at it allow emulators on app store.


Well, use an Android phone then.

Meanwhile the rest of us will use an app store where is rare to read of Apple pulling hundreds of apps with millions of installs due to some form of malware or another...
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4 weeks ago


So this will be planned obsolete ? I mean if you have an iphone with ios12 you will be forced to upgrade, if you can, to ios13 (the current one) for you to be able use any apps?!

You can’t support old phones forever. iPhone 6 was released over 5 years ago.
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