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​Apple will start scrubbing old and broken apps from App Store next week

The iPhone maker will try to rid the service of apps that don't work on modern devices or that try naming shenanigans to place better in search results.

Apple should announce the iPhone 7 the same day it starts scrubbing its app store.

Apple should announce the iPhone 7 the same day it starts scrubbing its app store.

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Apple's App Store has hundreds of thousands of apps, but the company says it's time to get rid of some duds.

Two categories will be scrubbed from the store, the company told developers, according to a message seen by TechCrunch. First to go will be old apps that aren't compatible with modern iPhones and iPads, or that don't abide by updated App Store guidelines. Second are apps with long names padded with irrelevant terms just so the apps will show up in search results.

"Apps in all categories on the App Store will be evaluated to make sure they function as expected, follow current review guidelines, and are not outdated," Apple said in a FAQ about the App Store cleanup. The scrubbing begins Wednesday, the same day Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone 7, but developers have 30 days to fix problems, the company said.

The App Store has more than 2 million apps, and programmers submit more than 100,000 new ones and updates weekly, Apple said.