Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021, 10:46 iOS: Software

Surprising iOS App Updates: Why Older iPhone Apps Are Suddenly Updated By Apple

When Apple develops its operating systems, the company usually does not only apply obvious changes. Sometimes serious modifications are also made under the hood of macOS, iOS or iPadOS. As a result, apps for Mac or iPhone that were not updated in time may no longer be compatible and may refuse to work after a system update.

iOS 14.5 comes without outdated certificates
Such a change is also pending for iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5. Apple is removing outdated App Store certificates from the new versions. Two of them had been obsolete for some time, but were still accepted by iPhones and iPads. However, there are still many apps in the iOS App Store and on the devices that have not been updated for several years. As a result, they do not have the latest signature, which is mandatory as of iOS 14.5. As a result, they can no longer be launched as soon as the upcoming new version of the operating system is installed on the device.

Apple updates the signatures
Of course, Apple wants to prevent this for understandable reasons. The iPhone company has therefore taken action and is providing all affected apps with new App Store signatures on its own initiative. This makes them compatible with iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 without the respective developers having to take action. Apple then makes the otherwise unchanged apps available as an update in the iOS App Store so that they can be downloaded from there.

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Developers and iPhone users are informed
The Californian company has informed developers about the automatic updates in the Apple Developer Connection. The company also points out in the announcement that it has added a notice to the affected apps on their product pages in the iOS App Store. In this store section, Apple tells users of these apps that they have been updated by Apple "to use Apple's latest signing certificate." This is not the first time that the iPhone company has taken such a measure to ensure the compatibility of older iPhone apps with new iOS versions. There were similar actions already in 2017 and most recently in July last year.

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