Apple has reminded developers that apps will soon need to be submitted to the App Store using Xcode 13.
From 25 April 2022, Apple will only accept the submission of apps that are built using the latest version of its IDE.
“iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with Xcode 13, which includes the SDKs for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8,” wrote Apple on its developer site.
Apple goes on to tout how Xcode 13 enables developers to take full advantage of the latest features across its platforms:
“Make the most of the exciting features in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8 to offer even more intuitive and valuable user experiences. Improve your app’s performance by refactoring your code to take advantage of asynchronous functions in Swift. And with the latest updates to SwiftUI, you can enhance your apps with new features, such as improved list views, better search experiences, and support for control focus areas.
iPhone and iPad apps. iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 let you take advantage of Safari web extensions, SharePlay and the Group Activities API, Focus, ShazamKit, Create ML, and more. You can also publish custom product pages and in-app events, and run product page optimization tests on the App Store on these platforms.
Apple Watch apps. New watchOS 8 features include the Always-On Retina Display so your apps always stay visible, Bluetooth connections from complications, region-based user notifications, and more.”
Apps that were developed and submitted using older versions of Xcode will still be supported but the change applies to new submissions after 25 April 2022.
You can grab the latest version of Xcode here.
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