updated 10:50 am EDT, Thu September 19, 2013
Medical policy could cut down on pseudoscience
With the arrival of iOS 7, Apple has begun adopting a series of new policies at the App Store, reports say. One of these involves the new option of downloading the last compatible version of an app. While Apple is keeping old binaries by default, the company is also notifying developers that they can choose to manage access to prior versions through iTunes Connect.
People submitting medical apps, meanwhile, are reportedly being asked to cite sources, and facing rejection if they can't provide them. Although Apple is likely unable to verify the science behind most apps, the demand for sources should help reduce incidents of plagiarism, and keep the number of pseudoscientific apps under control. The App Store has had problems with apps claiming to treat medical conditions an iPhone or iPad can't realistically address. For some time, Apple has also been cracking down on apps recommending drug doses that don't stem from the drug's manufacturer.
Another change that recently took effect was the raising of the cap on mobile app downloads to 100MB. Apps have swollen in size, thanks to Retina graphics and universal binaries, and the earlier 50MB cap may have been hurting Apple, developers, and the public alike.