The App Store is fast-tracking approval of coronavirus apps from reputable sources
What you need to know
- The App Store is expediting coronavirus app approvals.
- Only apps from reputable sources will be accepted.
- COVID-19 games or entertainment apps will be rejected.
Apple continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, and this time it is focusing on how to ensure apps from reputable sources get into the hands of users as quickly as possible.
The company has released an update on its developer website detailing what apps that are focused on COVID-19 will be approved and how to get them approved faster. Developers are encouraged to request an expedite for their app's approval if they meet certain criteria.
In order to ensure that the apps that are approved are providing accurate information, Apple says that its team is evaluating submitted apps "critically" and only accepting those that are from recognized sources. It is also rejecting any entertainment or gaming app that is built around the coronavirus outbreak.
For developers who are planning to release only free apps, the company says that they may be eligible to have their annual membership fee waived.
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