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Many of you have reported troubles submitting your applications built with iOS SDK 4.3 to the iOS AppStore. At the time, the problem looked very complex and because all the troubles were happening after application gets post-processed for AppStore on Apple’s side, there were only a few ineffective ways to trace it down. We mailed all registered Unity iOS developers with a basic recipe of how to get their applications onto the AppStore:

Dear Unity iOS Developers,

Unfortunately, many (and probably all) Unity iOS applications built with iOS SDK 4.3 are crashing during the App Store Review process while still running successfully on developer's devices. We have contacted Apple regarding this issue and received confirmation that this is of highest priority to them. Our iOS team is working on a solution as well, but due to complex nature of the problem it will take longer than expected to properly resolve. A currently known workaround is to keep using iOS SDK 4.2.

Many users reported that applications built with Xcode 3.2.5 + iOS SDK 4.2 successfully pass the Apple App Store review process currently. OS SDK 4.2 is not publicly available on the iOS Developer site anymore, but it still can be downloaded via direct link. We want to assure you that building final applications with iOS SDK 4.2 provides all the features the Unity iOS run-time supports and is proven to work fine with devices running older generation iOS (3.x-4.2.x) as well as the newer devices running iOS 4.3.x (like iPad 2).

Please feel free to contact us if you have issues releasing your application to the App Store.

Regards,
The Unity Team

Since then, we have spent many hours listening to your stories in forums, analyzing your builds, and trying out some ideas. We finally nailed the issue: iOS SDK 4.3 introduced a tiny problem with the native code linker improperly calculating how much code should be protected by the AppStore code protection system. The problem exposes itself only when AppStore protection is applied to the application.

June 15, 2011 in Technology | 2 min. read