Apple updates App Store Review Guidelines for iOS and iPadOS developers

Following the public release of iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1, Apple has introduced new App Store Review Guidelines for iOS and iPadOS developers. The new set of instructions will enable developers to add new features, improve consumers’ privacy and security and help their apps to go through the App Store review process “as smoothly as possible”.


New App Store Review Guidelines change the use of NFTs, ads management, and more

As per the published document, here is a summary of App Store Review Guideline updates:

  • Developers now have to provide App Review team full access to their apps either as an active demo account or fully featured demo mode, along with other hardware or resources required for the review.
  • Apps that support Matter must use Apple’s support framework for Matter. If an app uses any Matter software component other than the Matter SDK provided by Apple, it must be certified by the Connectivity Standards Alliance.
  • Advertisements must be appropriate to the apps’ age rating and should be limited to the main app, they are not to be included in App Clips, widgets, extensions, notifications, and other places. Added new guidelines for ads management apps:

“Advertising Management Apps: Apps for the sole purpose of allowing advertisers (persons or companies that advertise a product, service, or event) to purchase and manage advertising campaigns across media types (television, outdoor, websites, apps, etc.) do not need to use in-app purchase. These apps are intended for campaign management purposes and do not display the advertisements themselves. Digital purchases for content that is experienced or consumed in an app, including buying advertisements to display in the same app (such as sales of “boosts” for posts in a social media app) must use in-app purchase.”

  • Developers are allowed to accept in-app purchases to sell and sell services related to non-fungible tokens (NFTs). 
  • Music from iTunes and Apple Music previews can not be used for entertainment value. If used, music preview must include a link to the music in iTunes or Apple Music.

Read the new App Store Review Guidelines in detail here.

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