Apple has begun a process of removing old, out-dated, and infrequently updated apps from the App Store.

Here are some important things you need to know:

  • Apps that haven’t been updated in a long time may be removed from the App Store until the developer submits an update and it is approved by Apple.
  • Any apps that you’ve already downloaded will remain fully functional even if they’re removed from the App Store. You will still be able to make in-app purchases and re-download the app if you are restoring from an iTunes or iCloud backup.

As noted elsewhere on this blog, a great number of apps are abandoned because they’re uneconomic for their developers. However, many of these apps are still available to download and are otherwise fully functional. And there are some very good apps that fall into this category. A few of them are utilities that do one thing very well, and so don’t really need to be updated. Unfortunately, it appears many of these apps may now be removed from the App Store, forever.

If you don’t want to lose any of your favourite apps that haven’t been updated in a long-time, I would suggest downloading a copy now using iTunes and storing the app installation file offline. (Here’s how to find where iTunes stores your individual apps on your computer hard drive.)

Also, it’s also a good idea to periodically save a backup copy of your favourite apps in case an update causes instability in the app or removes a feature that you rely upon. For this reason, I store a copy of several of my favourite apps in Dropbox so that I can reinstall them anywhere I might happen to be.

Here are a few of my favourite travel (and other) apps that haven’t received any upgrade attention in a long time.  Some are paid apps and are well worth purchasing: