No matter how you slice it, iOS 7 has been a controversial choice on the part of Apple. Radical redesigns, new levels of device instability, and even faster uptake on the part of iOS users around the world have all kept Apple’s latest software release in the news, recently.
In what will hopefully help with some of the software instabilities, Apple is forcing all apps submitted to the iOS App Store after February 1st, 2014 to be optimized for iOS 7. That includes any updates to the applications, as well as entirely new submissions.
“Starting February 1, new apps and app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the latest version of Xcode 5 and must be optimized for iOS 7. Learn more about preparing your apps by reviewing the iOS Human Interface Guidelines.”
Apple’s request will mean developers have to build their apps using the newer Xcode 5 – which means that they’ll all have 64-bit support baked in. In addition to increasing device and app stability, the new guidelines will likely result in apps that visually mesh with the new operating system; current software versions immediately look dated when running on the new systems.