Developers who allow users to create an account in their iOS, iPadOS, and macOS apps will soon have to offer users a method to delete their accounts in apps as well. Apple says that starting January 31, all app submissions (including updates) will need to include the option.
The company announced this requirement alongside other changes to App Store guidelines at Apple’s Global Developer Conference in June as part of an effort to give users more control over their data. . As The edge notes, Apple only requires developers to let people “initiate deletion of their account from within the app,” so apps can send you to a website or even chat with an agent before you can actually shut down. your account.
It remains to be seen how useful this requirement will actually be in practice, given the tricks many developers employ to encourage you to stay as a user. Still, if you have an account in an app, deleting it will be a bit less of a pain, which can’t be a bad thing. This will hopefully make it easier for people to ditch subscriptions and apps that they don’t actually use.
Elsewhere, the App Store pages on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey (which is still in beta) now have a Report a Problem button, so you can report any issues or concerns you have with an app to Apple. The feature is available in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States at this time. Apple will roll out the button to other regions later.