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Apple notifies developers of upcoming certificate updates

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What you need to know

  • Apple is notifying developers of some certificate changes.
  • The updates are for apps and push notifications.

Developers have to keep in mind of some things right before the holiday.

In a news update (opens in new tab) on the Apple Developer website, Apple has announced that some certificate updates will be available for the Apple Push Notification service (APNs) and Developer ID.

Developers can read the full announcement below:

Apple Worldwide Developer Relations Intermediate Certificate (G4)APNs SSL certificates will be issued from a new intermediate certificate (Worldwide Developer Relations G4 sub CA) exclusively focused on APNs. Once the new certificate is active and available for download, you'll be able to use it to send push notifications to apps (including VoIP), complications, websites on Safari, and Apple Wallet passes.Apple Developer ID Intermediate Certificate (G2)The digital certificates you use to sign your software and installer packages on macOS will be issued from a new Developer ID Intermediate Certificate that expires on September 16, 2031. Newly issued Developer ID certificates associated with the new intermediate certificate can be used to sign software on Xcode 11.4.1 and later. If you're running Xcode 13.2 or later, the updated certificate will download automatically when you sign software after January 28, 2022. If you're using an earlier version of Xcode, you can download the certificate manually or create certificates compatible with previous versions of Xcode.

Apple says that "existing certificates will continue to function until expiration or revocation, whichever comes first." The updates will occur starting next year on January 27, 2022.

Developers can learn more about the Developer ID Intermediate Certificate updates (opens in new tab) and the Developer Relations Intermediate Certificate updates (opens in new tab) on the Apple Developer website.

Joe Wituschek
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.