[Updated] Apple updating older apps with new signing certificate

Apple is automatically pushing updates to older applications in the App Store, ahead of the release of iOS and iPadOS 14.5, Apple TLD understands.

Updates to older apps, which haven’t been updated in three or more years, are appearing in the App Store with the description “This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate”.

Apple is alerting developers who currently have old apps in the App Store, saying that “your app needs to be re-signed with our latest code signing certificate”. This will apparently be required to launch apps in iOS 14.5, which is due to be released in the next few weeks.

The change has rolled out to apps such as Adobe Photoshop Mix, Sky+ and the game Stair Dismount, which have been neglected by developers for years.

Apple rolled out similar updates to older apps in July last year. We’ve approached Apple for a comment.

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