It’s been said, and I’m one of those who both says it and advocates it, that Apple’s customers live in a walled garden of sorts, a curated environment where only the best hardware and software are available for customers.
Whether that’s the case for hardware components or not is arguable, but Apple’s iOS App Store and Mac App Store have specific rules for habitation, and those rules change over time, thanks to inherent pruning and spring cleaning. Now it’s time for tens of thousands of apps to be murdered.
Not Without Warning
Curating and pruning apps from the App Stores is nothing new, and it’s likely Apple has let far too many lesser apps take up residence than it should. Out of two million iOS apps, there are bound to be a few losers. I think I’ve got most of them on my iPhone.
This past year Apple decided to warn users of applications that haven’t been upgraded to ever changing and more recent standards. You may have seen the warnings on a few of the apps on your iPhone or iPad. After you tap to launch an app, a pop up dialog box appears with a warning that the app hasn’t been upgraded to match iOS 10.x. The app may still work OK, but the warning should tell you the app is headed for the graveyard unless the developer wakes up and upgrades it.
A few years ago Apple introduced a 64-bit iPhone and iPad and told developers to get their applications ready to handle 64-bit capability. Soon it will be a requirement and those older apps which haven’t been upgraded are destined to be murdered en masse and sent to the application graveyard (it’s digital so you won’t be bothered by the smell).
Various third party estimates say Apple purged nearly 50,000 iOS apps from the App Store last year, and that nearly 200,000 apps would get the axe with future changes to the App Store. Some apps you’ve purchased won’t run and for many, the app’s developers won’t bother to upgrade the apps to run as 64-bit apps for iOS 10.x or iOS 11 because there’s just no money to be made.
That’s fine by me, being an advocate of survival of the fittest and all.
Apple should be allowed to murder and discard all the applications that do not fit a specific criteria for the future. Disney curates and cultivates their properties for a reason because doing so helps to make them a good place to visit for everyone. Apple does the same thing. It’s not easy. It’s sometimes messy. But it’s the way things should be.
Pruning is a form of murder; a way to discard that which no longer provides benefit. Obamacare death panels notwithstanding, cleaning house can be a good thing.