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Sandbox Deadline: June 1

Apple has extended the sandboxing deadline again. There’s also a FAQ that states:

Apps on the Mac App Store prior to June 1 will remain on the Mac App Store.

and:

We will allow bug fix updates to non-sandboxed apps that were offered on the Mac App Store prior to June 1.

This gives developers time to incorporate the new security-scoped bookmark APIs that were introduced in Mac OS X 10.7.3 (but not documented by Apple until a few days ago). The APIs make it possible to prompt the user once for access to each file/folder, rather than once-per-launch (with the original sandbox implementation) or not at all (pre-sandbox). There’s still the issue of these APIs being missing on Mac OS X 10.7.0 through 10.7.2, and there’s plenty more about the sandbox that still doesn’t work right. Nevertheless, this communication is a step in the right direction, and this time Apple didn’t wait until the day after the deadline had passed.

Update (2012-02-22): Daniel Jalkut describes the versioning issue. (I don’t think it’s as simple as the app checking the OS version, due to container migration.)

2 Comments

Sounds like this will fix a bunch of the complaints. Not all. But quite a few.

I don't see this as "a step in the right direction". It's misleading information.

"We have extended the deadline for sandboxing your apps on the Mac App Store from March 1st to June 1st to provide you with enough time to take advantage of new sandboxing entitlements available in OS X 10.7.3 and new APIs in Xcode 4.3."

Translation:

We failed at providing you and our customers a good solution and we're blaming you for taking time or refusing to adopt it.

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