Apple puts in restrictions to ensure credibility of coronavirus-focused apps

Apple has announced it has put restrictions in place to make sure only credible coronavirus-focused apps are allowed in its App Store.

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It’s not a normal time. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is wrecking havoc on the world. Europe seems to be the centre of the pandemic at the moment, and will probably remain so in the month ahead. So far there are over 170,000 registered cases worldwide with the number increasing on a daily basis.

No doubt people are seeking information on how to protect themselves and their loved ones. It’s 2020 so many of us are turning to iPhone and iPad apps in an effort to do so.

Apple is doing its bit to insure the “credibility” of health and safety information in its App Store. The Cupertino-based outfit has announced it has tightened the review process on any coronavirus-focused apps. Only the ones that are shown to be from credible sources will survive the test.

“We’re evaluating apps critically to ensure data sources are reputable and that developers presenting these apps are from recognized entities such as government organizations, health-focused NGOs, companies deeply credentialed in health issues, and medical or educational institutions,” notes Apple in its developer blog on Saturday.

“Only developers from one of these recognized entities should submit an app related to COVID-19.”

If you are a developer and meet the above criteria, it’s understandable that you will want your app approved in the shortest amount of time possible. In this case you should choose the “time-sensitive event” option when submitting your COVID-19 related app.

In the post titled “Ensuring the Credibility of Health & Safety Information”, Apple goes on to say it has put a ban on any games that are coronavirus-related. Not many would disagree on any of this.

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