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Yesteryear's iphone apps have been banned from the app store—here's where you can

Apple has banned several iPhone apps from the app store. These apps, which include, among others, a Bible app and an app that helps you learn about Jesus, are now available at this site.

By Aymeric DelaplacePublished about a year ago 4 min read
Yesteryear's iphone apps have been banned from the app store—here's where you can
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Apps have been banned from the app store! Yes, you heard it right! The iOS 8 is not as open to third party apps as its predecessor. In fact, after updating your device to iOS 8 you will be unable to download a number of popular apps which includes Vine, Dropbox, Snapchat and Pinterest.

However, if you've already installed a third-party app on your device then you can still use it.

Apple's latest update to its operating system, ios 9.3, broke several older apps and games with no warning.

It was the latest in a series of recent incidents that have served as a reminder that apps are not immortal. This time, it's because Apple has decided to stop supporting older versions of its operating system. The company has been getting rid of old apps for some time now, but this latest move is much more sweeping: It affects all apps that were designed for ios 7 or earlier.

The change was announced in January and is part of an ongoing effort to keep the app store clean and up to date. In this case, though, Apple didn't give developers much warning about what was coming down the pike. "We're doing our best to let developers know as early as possible," says Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering.

"We're doing everything we can to make it easy for them.

Angry users on apple's support forum have found a workaround that forces older apps to run by shutting down the iphone via hard reset and then immediately opening the game app.

When the App Store first launched in 2008, it was a repository of apps that had already been approved by Apple's review team. In order to get your app on the store, you had to submit it through iTunes Connect and wait for approval. But now, we have a new way of doing things: The App Store is open and anyone can submit their app for approval.

Unfortunately, this also means that some apps that were once available on the App Store have disappeared because they violated Apple's guidelines or were deemed too outdated to publish. So what happens if you want to install one of those old apps? Well, if you're lucky enough to still have an old device that runs iOS 11 or older, you might be able to download the app from Apple's iCloud backup service (which saves your entire phone as a .ipcc file).

But otherwise, there's no guarantee that you'll be able to get your hands on these apps again.

Developers are trying to get their games working again for ios 9.3.

Apple has been removing apps from the App Store that use private APIs, a move that has upset many developers. In a statement to Ars Technica, Apple said it had made changes to its guidelines for developers that "requires that apps which access user data through private APIs will only be available on the App Store with explicit approval by the user." That means any apps that have been using those private APIs have been removed from the App Store.

This includes popular games like Angry Birds 2 and Clash of Clans. Developers are trying to get their games working again by updating them with new features that don't rely on private APIs. For example, Angry Birds 2 has been updated with a new feature called "Cockatoo Island" that lets players earn free rewards by watching videos and completing tasks in-game.

Unfortunately, some classic apps won't be updated because their developers have moved on.

The App Store is a living, breathing thing—and much like the real world, it's constantly changing. But sometimes, apps disappear from the App Store for good. When an app disappears from the App Store, it can be a real bummer. While some developers may choose to retire their apps, others will make them available for download in iTunes—so if you're lucky enough to still have a copy on your computer, you can still access it.

But there are also plenty of apps that won't be updated because their developers have moved on to other projects (or even retired). Here's what we know about some of the most popular apps that have disappeared from the App Store: 1Password: This password manager was acquired by AgileBits back in 2013 and is now available as a subscription service called 1Password X (which you can read more about here).

Candy Crush Saga: If you miss Candy Crush Saga, there are many similar games out there (like Bejeweled Stars) or you could try playing it on Facebook or King's website instead.

In A Word...

Eventually, Apple's stricter approach to the App Store forced developers to abandon their old apps. Perhaps it was for the better, but these apps contributed so much to iphone's early popularity—the iphone is what it is today in no small part due to the innovative and popular apps of yesteryear that are rightfully remembered by many with fondness.

So here they are: the Best 10 Classic Apps that Apple Banned from the App Store.


About the Creator

Aymeric Delaplace

💬 Hello, I'm Aymeric 📱. 👋 I write about apps, software and businesses for kids for publications like TechCrunch 🌟. 🤔Have a question? DM me on Twitter or e-mail my email address. 👈❤️

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