Apple has confirmed that developers selling Mac applications outside the Mac App Store will now have to send them to the notarization phase starting February 3, next year. Notarisation gives users more faith that Apple has tested for malicious codes for distributed applications.
The company announced back in June that Apple would notarize all Mac apps distributed outside the Mac App Store to run on macOS Catalina by default. The company previously changed the notarization prerequisites temporarily to encourage this transition and to protect users on macOS Catalina who tends to use older software versions.
New policies allow developers to send their applications to Apple for a notarized security process, otherwise, they won’t run easily in Catalina’s macOS.
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“If you have not yet done so, upload your software to the notary service and review the developer log for warnings. These warnings will become errors starting February 3 and must be fixed to have your software notarized. Software notarized before February 3 will continue to run by default on macOS Catalina,” the company said in a statement.
According to MacRumors, since macOS Mojave 10.14.5 the Apple has required notarization of new software that is distributed outside the Mac App Store using a Developer ID, the notarizing process has been designed to protect Mac users from malicious and harmful apps.