What's changing in App Store submissions starting April 25, 2022?

From April 25, 2022 on, Apple will start requiring all apps being built for Apple’s platforms, including iPhone (iOS), iPad (iPadOS), and Watch (WatchOS), to be built with Xcode 13, which already includes SDKs for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8.

In case you missed out on the announcement from Apple, on April 25, 2022, Apple will start requiring all apps being built for Apple’s platforms, including iPhone (iOS), iPad (iPadOS), and Watch (WatchOS), to be built with Xcode 13, which already includes SDKs for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8.

What it means to you:

  • After April 25, 2022, if your apps are not built on Xcode 13.x or above, you won’t be able to submit the apps to App Store any longer
  • You can take advantage of the new APIs that have been introduced with iOS 15, such as SwiftUI, ARKit 5, Safari Extensions for iOS, ShazamKit, and SharePlay
  • Apple will still support older versions of the operating systems such as iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur, but no newly built apps can be submitted without Xcode 13 any more after April 25

How Bitrise helps with this:

At Bitrise, we are committed to providing fast and easy automated builds, testing and app deployment, as well as managed and scalable infrastructure specifically for mobile. We always support you with the latest mobile stacks and all the mobile tooling you need - for example, any Xcode release is supported within 48 hours. We have already released Xcode 13.2.x and Xcode 13.3.x, so you are all set with building the best apps for iOS.

If you have any questions, just let us know. As always, happy building! 🚀

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