Apple announced on Monday, May 7, that it is requiring a concerted effort from iOS developers to not only support the latest software development kit, but also the display on the company’s newest flagship iPhone. Specifically, beginning July of this year, all iOS app updates must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, and must also support the Super Retina display equipped within the iPhone X.
The new post was shared to the iOS developer portal in a post entitled, “Upcoming iOS 11 app update requirements”. Here is the text of that update:
iOS 11 delivers innovative features and the redesigned App Store to hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Your apps can deliver more intelligent, unified and immersive experiences with Core ML, ARKit, new camera APIs, new SiriKit domains, Apple Music integration, drag and drop for iPad and more.
Starting July 2018, all iOS app updates submitted to App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK and must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X.
As noted above, the iOS 11 SDK features support for Core ML, ARKit, new SiriKit domains, integration for Apple Music, and new APIs for the cameras. Apple is requiring that future app updates support these technologies, as well as the display in the iPhone X for good measure.
This announcement follows a similar one that Apple made back in February of this year. The company changed new app requirements to support the iOS 11 SDK and iPhone X display at the time, with the deadline being implemented in April of this year.
There are plenty of third-party apps out there that don’t support the iPhone X’s display, to varying degrees of effectiveness. Of course, there are some Apple apps that don’t even support the new iPhone’s display, including the AirPort Utility app and the iTunes Remote app. That will probably be changing sooner rather than later, though.