In late 2016, Apple began warning users that older apps could “slow down” an iPhone or iPad via a pop-up notice. Earlier this year, this warning became more severe, stating that older apps might not “work with future versions of iOS.” When revealing iOS 11 in June, it became clear that older 32-bit apps would not be supported at all, making some apps–including AppShopper Social–obsolete. Now that iOS 11 is available, you probably see this sad message when you try to open AppShopper Social:
I know what you’re thinking. Why don’t we just update it? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Apple changed its app approval guidelines a while ago and no longer accepts apps that duplicate App Store functionality. We tried to work with this and created AppShopper Social in 2013 (replacing our original AppShopper app for those of you who have been with us since 2010 when our first app was released) to focus on the social aspects of sharing app recommendations. But updates to AppShopper Social were eventually rejected and we were told there was no way around this.
Also, creating and updating apps is incredibly expensive. Yes, there are over a million apps in the App Store and you may be wondering how hard it can really be. But good apps that work well and look nice take expertise and time to make and update, and this kind of work is not cheap. Spending tens of thousands of dollars (yes, that much) to create a new AppShopper app knowing that it would almost definitely be rejected by Apple just doesn’t make any sense to do.
We appreciate that you’ve used and enjoyed AppShopper Social and we’re incredibly sad that it won’t work in iOS 11. We will continue to focus on making the AppShopper website better and better to use. You can still use our Wish List feature, and you can get email notifications when apps on your Wish List go on sale. We’ve made sure that AppShopper.com looks great in a browser on your iPhone or iPad and you can add a shortcut to it on your device’s home screen by following these instructions (but starting from AppShopper.com instead, of course).