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Why developers are unhappy with Apple removing outdated apps

“I feel sick. Apple just sent me an email saying they’re removing my free game”

"I feel sick. Apple just sent me an email saying they're removing my free game Motivoto because its more than 2 years old. It's part of their App improvement system. This is not cool. Console games from 2000 are still available for sale. This is an unfair barrier to indie devs," Protopop Games developer Robert Kabwe, tweeted in response to Apple notifying some developers that it is removing apps that haven't been updated for a while. According to the notice sent to affected developers, those who wish to keep the app live on the iOS App Store must submit an update within 30 days. This is not the first time Apple has announced such a move. Back in 2016, Apple made a similar move, but it is not clear how widely it was enforced. Notably, Google earlier in April also announced that it would begin limiting the availability of outdated apps on the Play Store. It has given Android developers until November 1, 2022, to update their apps. These changes add to the growing list of concerns for developers, who are already unhappy with Apple's and Google's in-app payment policies for being too restrictive and commissions for being too high. As a result, Apple App Store and Google Play Store are currently subject to antitrust investigations and regulations across the world including in India. Why is Apple removing older apps? "To make it easier for customers to find great apps that fit their needs, we want to ensure that apps available on the App Store are functional…

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