Apple: All app updates must support the iPhone X and iOS 11 come July

After the iPhone X launched, Ars interviewed several iOS app and game developers to learn what is required to support the iPhone X. We learned that—as long as developers had already been following Apple’s existing design guidelines rather than relying heavily on custom layouts—the transition is not usually difficult.

The TrueDepth sensor array housing—or the notch, as most have come to call it—was usually not the biggest challenge. Rather, developers told us that the main challenge is supporting the new almost-always-on-screen home indicator, which is a thin bar that indicates the user can swipe up to access multitasking and other features.

Apple has been providing developers with videos and documentation on how to support the new features for many months now. Many well-maintained, popular apps have already been updated, but there are plenty that still hasn’t.

Later this year, Apple is expected to launch more phones with similar screen shapes to that of the iPhone X, so support will be even more important. This is not the first time Apple has issued deadlines to support certain features; it has done so on similar schedules with prior iPhones.

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