Apple will require Xcode 13 for App Store submission starting April 25

Apple announced that starting April 25, 2022 all submissions to App Store should be using new SDKs and Xcode 13.

Starting April 25, 2022, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with Xcode 13, which includes the SDKs for iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8.

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Apple Developer: App Store submission requirement starts April 25

App Store Connect API is updated with support of custom product pages

New App Store Connect API capabilities include:

  • management of in-app events;
  • creation and modification of custom product pages;
  • submission of product page optimization tests.

Multiple items now could be submitted to review as a single package.

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Apple now allows to create custom offer codes

Apple now allows developers to create custom offer codes of their choice.

Now it's even easier to acquire, retain, and win back subscribers. In addition to one-time-use codes, you can now create custom codes in App Store Connect — each with a unique name that you choose (such as SPRINGPROMO). Each code can be redeemed through a direct URL or within your app.

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Apple Developer: Custom offer codes for subscriptions now available

New App Store Connect experience is rolling out

Apple announced new App Store submission experience previously, and these changes are now rolling out to all developers.

Account holder should enable new experience when ready.

Last year, we introduced an updated way to submit apps, in-app events, custom product pages, and product page optimization tests for review in App Store Connect. Starting January 25, 2022, the submission experience will be automatically updated for all App Store Connect accounts. You’ll be able to submit multiple items, submit without needing a new app version, view past submissions, and more.

If you’re ready to try it beforehand, Apple Developer Program Account Holders can enable the experience, which applies the update for all team members. No action is required if you’re already using the updated experience or you prefer to wait for the automatic update.

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Apple Developer: About the updated App Store submission experience

App Store Connect now provides analytics for in-app events

App owners now could use App Store Connect analytics to get stats on in-app events performance.

App Analytics in App Store Connect helps you see how people discover and engage with your apps. You can now view information about your in-app events, including event page views, reminder and notification data, and the number of downloads and redownloads that were driven by your in-app events. Each metric can be viewed by territory, source type, device, and more, so you can understand how your in-app events are influencing your apps’ growth and success.

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Apple Developer: Analytics now available for in-app events

Swift Playgrounds 4 is released

Following iPadOS 15.2 release, Swift Playgrounds 4 is now available.

With Swift Playgrounds 4 developers can now build apps on iPad and submit them to App Store Connect. Projects created by Swift Playgrounds 4 could be opened by Xcode on the Mac.

Notably, apps created in Swift Playgrounds could only use SwiftUI as user interface framework. Projects could use SwiftPM for dependency management.

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Release notes: Swift Playgrounds Release Notes

New product page features are launched in App Store

Apple launches two new features for App Store product pages.

Product page optimization. Try out alternate versions of your app's product page with different icons, screenshots, and app previews to find out which one gets the best results. Each version is shown to a percentage of randomly selected, eligible App Store users and results appear in App Analytics, so you can set the best performing one to display to everyone on the App Store.

Custom product pages. Create additional versions of your app's product page to highlight specific features or content, discoverable through unique URLs that you share. Custom product pages can have different screenshots, app previews, and promotional text — and are fully localizable — so you can showcase a particular sport, character, show, gameplay feature, and more.

More information on product page optimization and custom product pages is available for developers.

Apple Developer: New features for App Store product pages now available