Apple is already very strict when it comes to approving apps on the App Store, but it looks that’s not enough. The Cupertino company recently updated its developer app review guidelines, cracking down on dubious apps like virus scanners, limiting the usage of Face ID, ARKit, and more.
First up, say goodbye to apps like “virus scanner” on the App Store. According to the new guideline, apps that have misleading descriptions that can’t do what they claim to do, are no longer allowed. Apple specifically calls out on iOS apps that claims to remove viruses and malware from the system since there is no way for apps to scan for viruses anyway.
In addition to that, now that Face ID is official, Apple is also going to limit the use of Face ID on the App Store. According to the guideline published by Paul Hudson from Hacking with Swift, an alternate method of unlock must be used for children under the age of 13 years old.
Other things highlighted in the guideline include:
- Apple are requiring that all ARKit apps “provide rich and integrated augmented reality experiences”, which means that something as simple as dropping a model into ARKit views or replaying some animation will not be enough.
- In terms of privacy, Apple is making it clear that you may not attempt to identify other people or guess their user profiles based on ARKit’s facial masking tools, explicitly banning data mining on ARKit facial data.
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