Upcoming App Store Price Changes

When taxes or foreign exchange rates change, we sometimes need to update prices on the App Store. Starting today, prices on the App Store (excluding auto renewable subscriptions) will increase in Pakistan, Colombia, and Taiwan.

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TestFlight Update

TestFlight for iOS, version 2.2.1, and TestFlight for tvOS, version 2.0.7, are now available for download on the App Store.

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New Submissions Requirement

All new apps and app updates for iPhone or iPad, including universal apps, must now be built with the iOS 12.1 SDK or later and support iPhone XS Max or the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation). Screenshots for these devices are now required. All new apps and app updates for Apple Watch must now be built with the watchOS 5.1 SDK or later and support Apple Watch Series 4.

Submissions Update

You can now submit apps built with Xcode 10.2 using the SDK for iOS 12.2, macOS Mojave 10.14.4, watchOS 5.2, and tvOS 12.2.

TestFlight Update

TestFlight for iOS, version 2.2.0, and TestFlight for tvOS, version 2.0.6, are now available for download on the App Store.

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Promote Your Subscriptions with New Offers

Apps with auto-renewable subscriptions will soon be able to provide a discounted price for a specific duration for existing or previously subscribed customers. You can use subscription offers to help win back subscribers who have canceled their subscriptions or promote an upgrade to another subscription at a special price. Customers can accept the offer even if they’ve already completed an introductory offer.

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Upcoming Changes for Organization Teams

Development teams for organizations in the Apple Developer Program will be unified across the Apple Developer website and App Store Connect, with one team and one set of roles.

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App Store Connect Holiday Schedule: Dec 23 – 27

Make sure your apps are up to date and ready for the holidays. New apps and app updates will not be accepted December 23 to 27 (Pacific Time), so any releases should be submitted, approved, and scheduled in advance.

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Managing Apps in App Store Connect

It’s now easier to manage apps you no longer need in App Store Connect by removing them from your main view in My Apps, even if they haven’t been submitted for approval.

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Upcoming Privacy Policy Requirement

As a reminder, in June the App Store Review Guidelines were updated to require a privacy policy for all new apps and app updates as part of the app review process.

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Value Added Tax (VAT) Change in South Africa

On April 1, 2018, value added tax (VAT) for apps and in-app purchases in South Africa changed from 14% to 15%. Within the next week, proceeds for the App Store in South Africa will change to account for this tax.

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Upcoming Changes to App Information Fields

Starting in April, you'll only be able to edit your app’s support URL, marketing URL, and "What’s New in this Version” text when submitting a new version of your app.

XML Delivery for App Previews Now Available

You can now use Transporter, Apple’s command-line delivery tool, to upload app previews using XML. Transporter integrates with your content management system to deliver your app metadata in bulk.

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App Download Size Now Available

Now you can see the estimated download size of your app in iTunes Connect, which is the compressed size of your app when it’s downloaded from the App Store.

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App Store Requirements Now in Effect

Starting today, names for new apps and updates must be 30 characters or fewer. You can use the new subtitle field to support your app’s name with additional information.

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New Servers for Content Delivery

If you deliver content from behind a firewall, you may need to add or modify firewall rules to allow outbound and return connections for the IP addresses and ports.

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Token Required to Access Reporter

Starting August 10, 2017, you will no longer be able to sign in to Reporter with your Apple ID password or app-specific passwords. To continue using Reporter, generate a unique access token.

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Upcoming Tax Changes in India

On July 1, 2017, a goods and service tax (GST) of 18% will go into effect for apps and in-app purchases in India. Within the next 10 days, proceeds for the App Store in India will change to account for this tax.

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