Earlier this year, Apple promised it would clean up its iOS App
Store by removing outdated, abandoned apps, including those that
no longer meet current guidelines or don’t function as intended.
That great App Store purge now appears to be underway, according
to new data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. The company
found that app removals increased by 238 percent in October 2016,
with mobile games seeing the most deletions.
Apple had originally stated that the deadline for developers who
wanted their outdated apps spared was September 7, 2016. However,
Apple didn’t take immediate action during the month in terms of
That seems to have changed in October, when 47,300 apps were
removed from the App Store, Sensor Tower discovered.