Apple to Enforce macOS App Verification Requirements Starting February

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Apple is making some finite changes in the rules for the developers who develop apps for Mac and publish them outside the Mac App Store. Apple has announced that developers who offer Mac apps outside the Mac App Store will now need to submit them for the notarization process starting on February 3, next year.  

Notarization gives clearance to the user that the third-party apps that they are going to install in their system have been verified by Apple itself and is free from any malicious components. 

This is not the first time when Apple has been restricting the rules for the developers to release apps for Mac. In June, this year, the company announced that all Mac software distributed outside the Mac App Store must be notarized by Apple in order to run by default on macOS Catalina. 

Even before this, the firm temporarily adjusted the notarization prerequisites to make this transition easier and to protect users on macOS Catalina who continues to use older versions of the software. And now, this new change in the policies requires developers to submit their apps to Apple to go through a notarising security process, or they won’t easily run in macOS Catalina.

“If you have not yet done so, upload your software to the notary service and review the developer log for warnings. These warnings will become errors starting February 3 and must be fixed in order to have your software notarized. Software notarized before February 3 will continue to run by default on macOS Catalina,” the company said in a statement.

According to MacRumors, Apple has been requiring new software distributed with a Developer ID outside of the Mac App Store to be notarized in order to run since macOS Mojave 10.14.5, with the notarization process designed to protect Mac users from malicious and harmful apps.

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