As announced, Apple put a new set of restrictions for real money gaming apps within their native AppStore. The tech giant has extended compliance deadline that supports anti-html5 policy until March 3, 2020.
HTML5 technology allows developers to distribute content through the cross-platform and web-friendly interface of the language. They can showcase and deliver web content in both mobile form through wrapping – the app functions as a dedicated browser, or through a standard web form.
Changes in Apple’s guidelines were announced few months back in June, forbidding the use of HTML5 code for related real-money transactions, which covers online gambling and mobile gaming with real funds. Apps relying on the now forbidden HTML5 technology, must be rebuilt in Cocoa – the iOS native app language.
To be exact, the tech giant extended its deadlines to March 3rd, 2020. Apple gave this grace period after the drawing howls of protest from developers around the globe. Online casinos and sports books turned most defensive, as most of them rely on the above described HTML5 technology for distributing content and services to their audience.
To be compliant, it’s not enough to only translate the code of your app. The active link between different assets within the code, or between multiple programming languages, can be described as translating. The real challenge here comes from the increased in difficulty task for developers to rebuild the front and back-end of their applications using UIKit – iOS’s Cocoa interface.
Whilst most companies have been pleading their cases with Apple, Apple didn’t respond until the original deadline passed. The deadline extension was announced on September 6th, three days after the company was supposed to ban non-compliant apps from their AppStore.
The company didn’t state a specific reason they extended the compliance deadlines, although it’s apparent they’ve been surprised how many applications were not compliant with the new regulations.
Bigger operators develop their online casinos and sports books in house. Whilst developers are trying to crunch the enormous amount of work in this tight 6-month delay, Apple seems to delay the crisis rather than averting it.
The deadline applies to operators with apps that have been approved prior to the changes back in June. The nightmare comes to US-based applications. There each new regulation requires each state to approve of it, or the app to change order to comply with multiple states and regulations.