Apple is cleaning out its App Store.
The goal is to cleanse the store of apps that violated guidelines, but survived the cut. The number of apps the Cupertino, CA- industry giant wants to cut numbers in the thousands.
Apple’s goal is to cut out clones and spam apps, but at the same time, the company is also pulling apps that weren’t supposed to be there from the very beginning.
This is the case of RSS apps or clones of Flappy Bird, which can be created with app generation services that are free to use. With small modifications to graphics and gameplay, thousands of Flappy Bird clones made it to the App Store in the last year.
“Come up with your own ideas. We know you have them, so make yours come to life. Don’t simply copy the latest popular app on the App Store, or make some minor changes to another app’s name or UI and pass it off as your own. In addition to risking an intellectual property infringement claim, it makes the App Store harder to navigate and just isn’t fair to your fellow developers,” Apple said in its store guidelines.
In addition, Apple wants to remove spam apps and those that haven’t been downloaded in a long time, especially because the company wants to provide users with a modern experience on their devices.