Apple's big clean-out: Tougher line on apps only one reason for App Store shrinking

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Apple’s App Store shrank in 2017 for the first time in a decade, starting the year with 2.2 million iOS apps but ending it with 2.1 million, according to a report from analytics firm Appfigures.

Meanwhile Google Play headed in the opposite direction, growing 30 percent to over 3.6 million apps. Appfigures reckons App Store’s decline is the result of Apple’s tougher enforcement of review guidelines and its clean-out of apps that weren’t updated to support 64-bit architecture.

Apple in 2016 told developers it planned to scour the App Store for apps that no longer function or meet the current review guidelines.

And, as TechCrunch notes, last…

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