Apple Deleted 47,000 Apps In App Store Purge Last Month

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Apple apparently deleted 47,000 apps from the App Store last month.

In September, it was announced that the tech giant was planning a clear out of old apps on the App Store.

The company wanted to ensure that old apps still functioned as expected, followed current review guidelines and were not outdated.

The audit took place on 7th September, and developers were given 30 days to make any necessary changes for the product to remain on the store.

And according to recent data from Sensor Tower, the number of app removals rose by 238% in October, hitting around 47,300.

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The number of monthly app removals usually sits at 14,000, making October’s figures 3.4 times higher than normal.

The majority of these deleted apps came from the Games category, according for 28% of overall removals.

This was followed by Entertainment at 8.99%, Books at 8.96%, Education with 7% and Lifestyle with 6%.

With the clear our, Apple also changed its rules regarding the length of app names, capping them at 50 characters.

Read more about both changes here.

Simon Edmunds

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