Apple to require developers to submit apps to App Store using Xcode 14.1 starting April 25

Apple announced on Tuesday that all developers will be required to submit their apps to the App Store using Xcode 14.1 or later versions starting April 25, so that their apps will be compatible with iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and watchOS 9.

The iPhone-maker said that the latest version of Xcode, which lets developers create apps for Apple devices, is now available for free on its Mac App Store.

Apps built with the previous versions of Xcode, including Xcode 13, won’t be accepted to the App Store after the deadline.

‘’Starting April 25, 2023, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with Xcode 14.1 or later,’’ Apple said in a statement. ‘’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.’’

‘’When building your app, we highly recommend taking advantage of the latest advances in iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and watchOS 9,’’ the tech giant added.

With the launch of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, Apple has added various APIs and features like the Live Activities API, App Intents and Stage Manager. watchOS 9, on the other hand, has introduced richer complications for watch faces, support for VoIP calls, a new app for medication tracking, etc.

Apple also announced on Tuesday that it has launched its buy now, pay later service ‘’Apple Pay’’ in the United States.

Written by Sophie Blake


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