Starting May 1, Apple Will Stop Approving App Store Apps That Don't Meet New Guidelines
Apple has Thursday issued some new rules
Thursday for developers using the App Store to host their creations. These new changes to the app submission process will take effect starting May 1st this year.
According to the new rules, Apps that aren’t iPhone 5-ready (supporting the larger display) and that don’t support the crisp retina display, will not be approved for the App Store. This move is to point developers in the right direction for keeping their applications up to date with all of Apple’s newest devices so that they’re in line with Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines.
In addition, applications will not be approved to be in the App Store if they request access to the iOS device’s UDID. Instead, developers are being asked to "associate users with the Vendor or Advertising identifiers introduced in iOS 6." This move will help in user privacy issues that were brought up in the past.
One thing is for sure: it’s good to see that Apple will only start accepting applications that are ready for the iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5G’s four-inch display, because the App Store has a bunch of applications that don’t support it yet and this can be a frustrating event for users. Just today, about six long months
after the iPhone 5 launch, Ookla updated their Speedtest.net application for the iPhone 5 display
Hopefully Apple will make a move in the future to get developers to update their existing legacy applications too, but one can only dream of such events.