Apple tells developers to submit their iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7 app updates

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What you need to know

  • Apple will release iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7 to the public today.
  • It's told developers that they can submit their new apps and updates to the App Store.
  • The company didn't give developers much notice, though.

Apple announced yesterday that it would be making iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7 available to the public today, giving developers almost no time to get ready. Apple has now told those same developers that they can submit their new and updated apps to the App Store for the first time.

Apps that target iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and watchOS 7 can't be submitted for App Store review until Apple says so, and that happened yesterday. As a result, developers have been given less than a day to make sure their apps are submitted and approved. Something that isn't always guaranteed to happen thanks to Apple's opaque review process.

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Apple has also opened the App Store up for tvOS 14 app submissions as well, although that's unlikely to cause quite the same scramble.

Apple announced the new update release window during its September "Time Flies" event yesterday. we also saw the arrival of Apple Watch Series 6 and more, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.