Submit Your Apps to the App Store
Customers around the world are now experiencing the incredible new features of iOS 13 and iPadOS. Make sure your apps are faster, more responsive, and more engaging by taking advantage of Dark Mode and advances in ARKit 3, Core ML 3, and Siri. Update your apps and product pages, and submit today.
Build with Xcode 11.
Build your apps using Xcode 11, which includes SDKs for iOS 13, iPadOS, watchOS 6, tvOS 12, and macOS Catalina.
iOS 13 and iPadOS are running on the majority of devices worldwide. Make sure your app delivers a great user experience by seamlessly integrating with the latest advances in the iOS SDK. New apps must be built with the iOS 13 SDK starting April 30, 2020. App updates must follow this guideline starting June 30, 2020.
Optimize for iOS 13 and iPadOS
The iOS 13 SDK delivers a range of exciting capabilities. Sign in with Apple makes it easy for users to sign in to your apps and websites using the Apple ID they already have. Siri helps users quickly accomplish tasks related to your app. Core ML 3 lets you build even more intelligent apps. ARKit 3 lets you create even more incredible augmented reality experiences. And much more.
Dark Mode is seamlessly integrated throughout the system and is easy to turn on from Control Center or Siri. With a dark appearance for all user interface elements, your app’s content becomes the focus. When Dark Mode is turned on, all apps built with the iOS 13 SDK will run in Dark Mode. If you need more time to make your apps look fantastic in Dark Mode or if Dark Mode is not suited for your app, you’ll need to opt out.
Support for Multitasking on iPad is strongly encouraged. Adding support for multiple windows, and adopting Multitasking capabilities, including Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture, will ensure your app delivers a modern and complete experience on iPadOS.
Sign in with Apple
With built-in privacy and security features, Sign in with Apple is a great way to help users set up an account, sign in, and engage with your app quickly and easily. All accounts are protected with two-factor authentication, and Apple will not track users’ activity in your app or website. See the latest App Store Review Guidelines and Human Interface Guidelines to learn how to provide great user experiences with Sign in with Apple. New apps must follow these guidelines starting April 30, 2020. App updates must follow these guidelines starting June 30, 2020.
Test your app on devices.
Apps should look great on all models of iPhone and iPad, regardless of display size or aspect ratio. With features like Xcode storyboards, Auto Layout, and the new SwiftUI, your app’s interface elements and layouts automatically fit the display. Test your apps with the latest devices or the simulator in Xcode 11 to make sure they’re ready to take advantage of the edge-to-edge displays by respecting safe areas, supporting adaptive layouts, and more. Find and address UI issues in your app before testing on a device to make sure your app looks great. Starting April 30, 2020, new apps must use an Xcode storyboard to provide the app’s launch screen. In addition, new apps that run on iPhone must support all iPhone screens and new apps that run on iPad must support all iPad screens. App updates must follow these guidelines starting June 30, 2020.
Required Device Capabilities
The App Store is designed to provide customers with apps that work seamlessly with their device’s capabilities. Verify your information property list (info.plist) is compatible with any device requirements when submitting a new app that takes advantage of the latest technologies.
TestFlight Beta Testing
Before finalizing your app for release, get valuable feedback with beta testers. Upload your app to App Store Connect and use TestFlight to test on a device and easily invite other testers.
Submit your apps for review.
Before submitting your app for review, make sure it’s ready to be released to customers and that you’re making the most of your product page.
All apps submitted to the App Store are reviewed based on a set of technical, content, and design criteria. Make sure to review the App Store Review Guidelines before submitting your app for review.
Make sure your app’s name, icon, description, screenshots, app previews, and keywords are ready for your product page. You can also take this opportunity to update your subtitle and promotional text, and choose to promote any new in-app purchases. If your app supports Dark Mode, consider including at least one screenshot that showcases what the experience looks like for users.
Once your app is updated for iOS 13 and the latest devices, you can submit for review. Get step-by-step instructions how to submit your apps for distribution on the App Store