On January 21, 2020, Apple has announced that referring to HTML5 outside of the app will no longer be supported, and these functions should be provided via Safari instead of the App itself. This new update by Apple will affect the Website feature in your app.
This article provides details of the update broadcasted by Apple and the effects of this update on your app.
Apple provided the following update:
January 21, 2020
The App Store Review Guidelines are designed to help developers create apps that are secure, high-quality, reliable, and that respect user privacy. In order to ensure this, we’ve always specified that all apps be self-contained bundles. This means that the core features and functionality of the app must be contained within the software’s binary, rather than made possible by referring users outside of the approved app — including through the use of HTML5. Apps that dynamically provide core features and functionality with web technology like HTML5 are best delivered through Safari, rather than through the curated App Store.
Guideline 4.7 sections 4, 5, and 6 were updated in June 2019 to further clarify that apps containing or running code that is not embedded in the binary cannot provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations.
As a reminder, existing apps must be in full compliance with these guidelines by March 3, 2020.
We, at BiznessApps, are aware of the new Apple Guidelines. Our product team is looking into it and the potential impacts that it can have on our products and existing apps. We will be providing further updates in this article as and when received.