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Apple requires apps to be optimised for iOS 7 by the 1st of February

News   •   Dec 20, 2013 20:39 GMT

Apple is requiring app developers to optimise their apps for iOS 7 by the 1st of February, according to a post on the Cupertino firm’s developer portal.

The post reads, “Starting February 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5 and must be optimized for iOS 7. Learn more about preparing your apps by reviewing the iOS Human Interface Guidelines.”

TechCrunch was first to spot the post. It reports, “Apple is requiring developers to optimize all app submissions for iOS 7 by February 1st, 2014, according to a new posting on its developer portal. That includes new apps and updates to existing apps. In order to optimize apps for the new operating system, they must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5 which includes 64-bit support and access to new features like backgrounding APIs.”

This simply means that apps can now take advantage of the 64-bit capabilities of the A7 chip, under the hood of the Apple iPhone 5S, iPad Mini with Retina Display, and iPad Air.

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