iOS 7 compatibility is mandatory for App Store applications from February 2014
Apple released this fall the seventh version of the iOS platform, and it brought, besides a completely redone interface and a 64-bit software architecture, new features and improved development of software interfaces. The platform began with a series of problems, but Apple has already solved some of them, and the 7.1 update, which is currently in Beta 2 stage, provides visible improvements. Heading towards a 7.1 update release somewhere towards the end of next month, Apple is trying to ensure that software apps from the App Store will not create any problems.
The company announced that software developers, as of February 1, 2014, will only approve new software or existing updates of applications to be compiled in Xcode 5 development environment and optimized for iOS 7. The new version of Apple’s mobile platform has brought a number of invisible but important changes, for outdated products there are chances for the emergence of incompatibilities.
On this occasion, the company has targeted users to the iOS Human Interface Guidelines documentation, which has been updated with software interface design guidelines for complying with the new iOS 7’s GUI.
Despite the started problems which still have not disappeared, iOS 7 is already running on 76% of all Apple devices, and the company wants to ensure that solving the problems in their own garden will not be undermined by outdated applications.