Recently, I submitted an app update to Apple only to find a bug that really needed to be fixed before it got to customers. However, I wanted my new fix to use the same version number I had already started with. Since Apple had not yet reviewed my update, I was able to follow the steps below to update the binary, and keep the same version number.
- Using Safari, log onto iTunes Connect (rumors say other browsers won’t work, though I didn’t try).
- Go to My Apps and select the app and version that is waiting for review.
- At the top, next to the blue “i” info icon, click the link to “remove this version from review.”
- Delete the binary: scroll down to find the build and hover over it; a minus button appears. Click it. Despite what it implies, this doesn’t actually delete the build (or build version number) from iTunes.
- Make sure to click Save.
- This is the critical step: you can’t use the exact same build/version number, but you can keep the major portion of it. You must update the app’s version number … my previous version was going to be 1.0.3, which I wanted to keep. So, I changed it to 188.8.131.52.
- Build the app for production and upload to the store using Xcode as usual.
- Back in iTunes Connect, after a brief wait for it to show up, select the new build and again click Save.
- Then click Submit for Review and finish the remainder of the submissions steps.