I have been fighting a long time with Apple in email and over the phone regarding this issue. According to their 4.3 policy:
“Don’t create multiple Bundle IDs of the same app. If your app has different versions for specific locations, sports teams, universities, etc., consider submitting a single app and provide the variations using in-app purchase…”
But the problem lies when we want to update our existing apps which are very popular and have thousands of active users. But Apple representative says it doesn’t matter. I have to merge all the same apps into one app.
So for the last 8 months I unable to update some of my popular apps. A few weeks ago I got an idea to bypass this policy. It worked for me and hopefully, if you are facing a similar problem it will work for you as well.
- You can’t update your old popular app which faces the 4.3 issue, in your existing account.
- Create a new Apple Developer account by your wife/kids/friends/relative name with their permission.
- You’ve to transfer your app to a new account, only one app at a time. Don’t try to transfer all at once.
- Then submit your app updates in your new account (never create another account by your name)
- Apple app review team will review and will accept it shortly
- Then transfer again this app to your existing account
- Then follow step 3 to step 6 again for other similar apps
This is how I solved my problem. But if your app support iCloud, you can not transfer the app to another account. In that case, there is no way to fix or submit updates to your old popular apps which faced 4.3 issue
If it works for you or if you know any other solution let's write in a comment.