Today, Apple announced that they are enforcing new App Store Guidelines. This post will break them down for you. To make sure that you understand them fully if you are an iOS developer. New apps or app updates from July 2018 are required to support the iPhone X’s Super Retina display.
This guideline also means that all apps must be built using the iOS 11 SDK, along with supporting the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge display – incorporating the sensor housing. Apple announced the new review guideline in a blog post to developers, which you can read below:
Upcoming iOS 11 App Update Requirements:
iOS 11 delivers innovative features and the redesigned App Store to hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Your apps can deliver more intelligent, unified, and immersive experiences with Core ML, ARKit, new camera APIs, new SiriKit domains, Apple Music integration, drag and drop for iPad, and more. Starting July 2018, all iOS app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK and must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X.
Apple is technically being a hypocrite because even some of their own apps don’t support the Super Retina display. Such as the AirPort Utility app which hasn’t been updated to support iOS 9, iOS 10 and iOS 11. It’s looking unlikely that there are any plans for the AirPort Utility app as Apple dissolved the AirPort team and discontinued the whole AirPort product design a few weeks back.