Apple warns developers that Catalina notarization enforcement begins Feb 3
What you need to know
- Apple has told developers that apps submitted on or after Feb 3 must be notarized.
- Initial notarization requirements were relaxed in September.
- This only applies to apps distributed outside the App Store.
Apple has today told developers (opens in new tab) that its original app notarization rules will kick in as of February 3, 2020, after they were initially relaxed in September.
Following developer outcry earlier this year Apple relaxed the notarization requirements for apps installed on macOS Catalina via routes other than the App Store. But those relaxed rules will soon come to an end.
Apple says that developers should begin uploading their apps to the notary service, with any warnings received set to be changed to errors as of February 3. At that point the app will simply not install on macOS Catalina.
The clock is ticking.
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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.
This will hurt apple and rightfully so. Making developers jump through unnecessary hoops to get their software to run on your platform isn’t the right thing to do