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As an iOS developer, is it true that once we get an app into the App Store, we can quite safely update any new version and the worst it can happen is that the new version is rejected, but the old version in general will always stay, unless there was something egregious that Apple didn't catch the first time?

(and what if a method in a class is deprecated and later even removed? Won't iOS 8, say, in the future not be able to run the old app?)

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Have you contacted Apple regarding your concerns? –  Bernard Aug 31 '12 at 0:35
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So the thing to note here is that Apple can pull your app for any reason at any time. Any specifics we give here should be taken lightly because they could change at any moment. Refer to the Apple Developer Agreement for definities.

With that said, you're right. If your new version doesn't pass muster, they'll just reject the binary and the current version should stay in the app store.

Chances are, if you haven't updated your app in long enough that a public API is deprecated AND removed, your app probably doesn't work anymore anyway. OK so maybe that's slightly dogmatic, but you get the point. If something is deprecated and you care about the stability of your app, you should fix it promptly and not wait for it to be removed. Apple will not retroactively pull your app; rather, your users will 1-star your app without discrimination.

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Also note that after having the update accepted, you can choose when to apply it; that is the process is not automatic (but you can make it be). –  K.Steff Aug 31 '12 at 1:43
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