Apple is known for being rigid in its business practices. The rules it sets for suppliers and app makers are thoroughly enforced to ensure that what it considers best practice is implemented. This also ensures consistency in the customer experience, which is a drawcard for many people. In its latest round of rule changes for app developers, Apple will ensure all apps will support the iPhone X and iOS11 from July this year.
Apple published a note declaring that any updates to apps must support the iPhone X and iOS11. This is in addition to an earlier announcement that new apps must do the same. The post read, in part that: “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.”
While the notch was certainly a unique thing to work around, it was the always on Home indicator bar that caused the most grief. As the iPhone X ditched a Home button, it was decided that a constant swipeable bar would be its replacement. Android of course has simply elongated the screen to accommodate on-screen buttons. However developers have not been universal in updating apps to support these new features.
This announcement comes as Apple’s phone launch season nears. Analysts have been predicting that the company will launch more notched and buttonless phones. If this developer update is anything to go by, it certainly seems to indicate those analyses are correct. It would also ensure that users have a universal and common experience across all of their apps.