Collecting antiques is getting harder but not impossible when it involves smartphone and tablet apps

Apple and Google are limiting the availability of apps that have gone too long without an update – but the two companies aren't being equally strict about it

Apple announced April 29 that it would consider an app neglected if it had “not been updated within the last three years”

Meeting both criteria would lead to the app’s developer getting a warning of the app’s possible removal from the App Store

Which, since that’s the only practical way to distribute an iPhone or iPad app, amounts to a death sentence

In either case, users with the app already installed should be safe. “Your app will remain fully functional for current users"

And backing up an old iPhone or iPad device and then restoring that backup to a new phone or tablet should move the app over

Apple declined to comment on the record but confirmed that outside of titles removed for being malware