The Apple App Store guidelines for developers have been updated to explicitly indicate that ly the applicatis official of the health organizati of auditors may develop coravirus resources for distributi.
The App Store offers many applicatis for the public health, and Apple wants that to official sources
After several developers complained about their apps being rejected for being related to coravirus, Apple has released an update regarding the ban. The update, released by Apple, the Saturday afterno is clear what she will allow to be distributed.
The App Store should always be a safe and trusted for the users to download apps. Now, more than ever, the commitment takes particular importance in the world of the fights of the COVID-19 pandemic. The communities around the world are depending applicatis to be credible, the sources of informati — to help users understand the latest innovatis in health, to know where they can get help in case of need or to provide assistance to their neighbors.
To help meet these expectatis, we assess the applicati critically to ensure that data sources are reputable and that the developers of these applicatis are recognized entities such as governmental, health-focused Ngos, corporatis deeply accredited in issues of health and medical care, or educatial institutis. ly the developers of e of these recognised entities must submit an applicati related to COVID-19.
Apple has also re-emphasized the fact that the n-profit organizatis can get their annual development costs renounced. If the organizati is n-profit, and plans a free app, Apple will waive this fee if they are in an eligible country.
Also to note, it is the ability for developers to mark their applicati as “Sensitive to the durati of the Event” to expedite their applicati review. This is de in the case of emergency situatis such as this e, where timely distributi of accurate informati is critical for the individuals involved.
The new directive prohibits the use of “COVID-19” or “coravirus” in the titles of the entertainment applicatis. ly applicatis issued by an official entity under the health and category of informati can be released coravirus-related ctent the App Store.
Apple has taken a strg public stance of the help and informati surrounding the coravirus this past few weeks from a dedicated Apple News special coverage of the secti, datis from the public. AppleInsider has ctinuous coverage of the outbreak of coravirus as it develops, and will update as Apple ctinues to deal with it.