Can Apple disable apps removed from the App Store

Over the past six months, we have become accustomed to the fact that some Apps disappear App Store because of the sanctions. Apps from Russian banks, the media, and even Apple and Google airlines are treacherously removed from their app stores. We even made a separate directory with web versions of these services. Companies note that previously downloaded applications continue to work – and this is quite logical. But can they stop working? It looks like yes. In any case, UTair recently announced this. Let’s figure it out can apple disable the appwhich is no longer in the App Store.

Utair announced that the app will stop working due to an App Store restriction. How so?

UTair app removed from App Store

It just so happened, but everyone fell under the sanctions: large players like Aeroflot with Sberbank, and even UTair. The airline’s app disappeared from the App Store at the end of April. In addition, as far as I know, the airline has a good web version: through it you can buy tickets, check in for a flight and check your personal account.

By the way, the Utair app was the best in the world among airlines in 2018

In fact, for users removing airline apps from the App Store mean almost nothing. Often, mobile clients are largely limited compared to web versions: if you often fly with Aeroflot, then you know how the application works. Some elements like Aeroflot Bonus open separately in the browser, and the program itself is not so well optimized: it often throws it out of your personal account, so you have to enter it again, convulsively remembering the password.

In addition, when a notice arrives in the mail about the start of check-in for a flight, the link opens not in the application, but in the browser – this is not a claim against the airline, but against Apple, which does nothing about this bug. And, to be honest, I almost never met people who would buy tickets through the airlines app – there are aggregators or bank clients for this, who often offer better prices and give bonuses. Reissuing tickets, refunds – all this is also more convenient to do through the web version, preferably from a computer. So, no big loss.

Can the application be disabled due to sanctions

Like all other companies, the Utair app has continued to work since it was removed from the App Store. But not for long: after almost 4 months, the company’s press service reported that Utair app won’t work on iPhone from 19 August.

But how is it possible that the Utair application will be suspended “by the decision of the App Store and Google Play”? It turns out the app store Apple may disable Sberbank on iPhone? Not really. The point here is a small reservation of the press service of the airline, because the relationship between UTair and the App Store ended after the application was deleted. Neither the app store nor the Cupertino company can affect how the app works on your iPhone. In this case, you can stop its work yourself if you delete it from memory. So, the problem here is clearly different.

Apple can’t disable apps, but it can strip them of important features

It’s most likely a matter of savings. Ever since the closure of borders in 2020, all air carriers have had a hard time, and now even more so. Utair cuts its costs where possible. The problem is that even the work of applications removed from the App Store and Google Play needs to be supported, and not just published in other sources: these are the costs of servers, map services and many other functions that seem familiar to us. Banks can afford such costs, airlines – most likely not.

It is also important that push notifications from applications on iOS are responsible for Apple Push Notification Service is a service owned by Apple. Whom to deprive of notifications from applications is decided by the company itself. On the example of Sberbank, you already understood that Apple may turn off push notifications. Without them, any application becomes less convenient and almost no different from the site.

The app is expensive. Therefore, in the current conditions, companies refuse them.

The airlines are doing much worse, so Utair was the first to choose the latter between app support and shutdown. The same version is supported by Telegram channels: they report that the airline simply ran out of app development licenseso now the company’s management is deciding whether to create a new program for smartphones or abandon it altogether, focusing on the web version.

So, don’t be afraid: Sberbank won’t stop working on iPhone, as well as other apps missing from the App Store. When Utair app unlockyou can simply delete it and use the web version in the browser without losing anything.


Source: AppleInsider.ru — крупнейший сайт о iPhone, iPad, Mac в России by appleinsider.ru.

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