Apple Stops Signing iOS 11.2.6, Downgrades and Restores No Longer Possible

Ruben Fields
April 7, 2018

The report found the App Store lost 5 percent of its total apps over the course of the year, dropping from 2.2 million published iOS apps in the beginning of the year, to 2.1 million by year-end.

Implementation of stricter rules appears to have adversely affected the total number of apps on the App Store, has they have reportedly dropped from 2.2 million to 2.1 million by the end of 2017.

The reason for that change is likely Apple's decision to remove older apps from the store that were not being updated regularly, The Verge notes. To top it all the app portability between the two platforms also played an important role in numbers. For example, there was a spike in app removals back in October 2016.

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To add to the graveyard of dead mobile software, Apple also removed virus-scanning apps, apps that were clones of other apps, and other low quality apps that were cluttering up the App Store. Furthermore, what led to a decline was that iOS developers released lesser number of apps as compared to Android app developers. Google developers, by contrast, released 17 percent more apps past year, bringing the total number of new releases to 1.5 million. As we mentioned, this is claimed to be the first drop since the launch of the App Store in 2008. Altogether, the purge saw hundreds of thousands of apps removed.

But this doesn't necessarily mean developers weren't creating as many iOS app - it could mean that Apple's review team has gotten tougher about how many apps it allows in. Google Play broke 1.5 million in new app releases while Apple teetered at 755,000 apps released in 2017. More than twice iOS apps were ported to Android as compared to the number of apps that were ported from Android to iOS.

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