Apple is calling on developers to submit their iOS applications for inclusion within the App Store’s new Kids category, slated to go live in tandem with the company’s forthcoming iOS 7 mobile operating system overhaul.
The Kids category, first announced this summer at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, promises parents and children a designated spot for family-friendly, age-appropriate iPhone and iPad applications. “If your app is made specifically for children aged 11 and under, you can now choose an age range for your app on the iTunes Connect website,” states an Apple email sent Friday to registered iOS developers, offering them three options: Ages 5 and under, ages 6-8 and ages 9-11. Developers may select one age range for each iOS app.
“Apps approved for the Kids category will still have a primary and secondary category, but will also appear in a new, separate area of the App Store,” Apple explains. “To assign the Kids category to an already existing app, submit a new version of your app for review.” Apple said the App Store’s existing Kids subcategory will be removed when the new designation goes live this fall.
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