Apple’s App Store Unable to Accept ‘X’ in iOS

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Google Play Store page
Google Play Store page

Apple has accepted the new Twitter logo ‘X’ in the iOS App Store but has rejected ‘X’ as the new name of the iOS version of the App.

Turns out, Apple’s App Store can’t accept the new name for Twitter’s iOS app because of minimum character requirements. The App Store has a policy that does not accept a single letter or character as the name of any App in the Store.

This week, both Google Play and Apple’s App Store pushed updated versions of the Twitter app respectively for Android and iOS users.

The latest app version bears the ‘X’ logo, and in some cases, Twitter’s new name.

Google Play Store page for the Android app now bears both the logo and the name ‘X’ not Twitter.

 

The app, however, still shows up as “Twitter” among installed apps on an Android, and the application package (APK) ID remains com.twitter.android internally.

This is in stark contrast to the latest version of Twitter’s iOS app, which unfortunately couldn’t be renamed to ‘X’ on the App Store—and it’s got to do with the minimum number of characters an iOS app name must have.

“On iOS, the situation is distinct as Apple does not permit any app to have a single character as their app name,” data scientist and Next founder, Nick Sheriff pointed out.

“Twitter was able to change the logo of their iOS app but not the name, since Apple requires app names to be at least 2 characters,” mocked San Francisco-based Erik Berlin.

While iOS app names “can be up to 30 characters long,” they must be at least 2 characters in length, failing which the app name will be rejected by Apple.

Some Apple users report seeing the ‘X’ app on their iPhone or iPad device after fetching the latest update, but the name restriction remains in effect on the App Store.

“What about X and a space, either before or after?” software developer Yusuf Alp suggested a potential workaround in response to Berlin’s post.

“He already has a company called SpaceX,” chuckled Berlin.

Twitter’s rushed and inconsistent rebranding seems to be causing issues in other areas—legal and technical, as well.

The app’s icon change to ‘X’ triggered security alerts for Microsoft Edge users this week, as BleepingComputer first reported.

Internet content filters in some regions, like Indonesia, also started blocking the ‘x.com’ website, mistaking it for adult content.

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