Updated App Store Review Guidelines now available

Updated App Store Review Guidelines now available

The App Store Review Guidelines have been revised to support updated policies, upcoming features, and to provide clarification. We now also indicate which guidelines only apply to Notarization for iOS apps in the European Union.

The following guidelines have been divided into subsections for the purposes of Notarization for iOS apps in the EU:

  • 2.3.1
  • 2.5.16
  • 4.1
  • 4.3
  • 4.6
  • 5.1.4
  • 5.2.4

The following guidelines have been deleted:

  • 2.5.7
  • 3.2.2(vi)
  • 4.2.4
  • 4.2.5
  • 4.4.3

2.5.6: Added a link to an entitlement to use an alternative web browser engine in your app in the EU.

3.1.6: Moved to 4.9.

3.2.2(ii): Moved to 4.10.

4.7: Edited to set forth new requirements for mini apps, mini games, streaming games, chatbots, and plug-ins.

4.8: Edited to require an additional login service with certain privacy features if you use a third-party or social login service to set up or authenticate a user’s primary account.

4.9: The original version of this rule (Streaming games) has been deleted and replaced with the Apple Pay guideline.

5.1.2(i): Added that apps may not require users to enable system functionalities (e.g., push notifications, location services, tracking) in order to access functionality, content, use the app, or receive monetary or other compensation, including but not limited to gift cards and codes. A version of this rule was originally published as Guideline 3.2.2(vi).

After You Submit — Appeals: Edited to add an updated link for suggestions for changes to the Guidelines.

The term “auto-renewing subscriptions” was replaced with “auto-renewable subscriptions” throughout.

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Translations of the guidelines will be available on the Apple Developer website within one month.