Will iOS 7 Disrupt the App Market?

iOS7Has Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS 7 just thrown a curveball to third party application developers? Although apps written for iOS 6 will still be compatible with iOS 7, it may leave those apps with an outdated style and appearance. “Existing apps can support iOS 7 fairly easily without looking broken, but they’ll look and feel ancient,” states tech commentator Marco Arment.

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Ewan Spence at Forbes notes that, “for any iOS application to stay relevant it’s going to have to be re-coded for the new UI.” In other words, developers need to get on board with the new iOS 7 or risk being left behind. For a while, this is likely to create two tiers of apps for iOS — the top tier that has incorporated the fresh appearance of iOS 7 and the lower tier that is still optimized for the older platform.

By suddenly making radical changes in the appearance of its mobile operating platform, Apple has disrupted the third-party iOS app market. Entropy points out that, “every App must consider even basic updates to its UI to survive in a post-iOS 6 world.”