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I wonder if Apple will ever release an API that allows apps to do this kind of hot updating natively. I could imagine breaking up an application into multiple containers and then orchestrating some kind of update process by calling out to the system APIs.

At least then it would not compromise the security of App Store / Test flight. As more meta-data was extracted/tagged with these containers you could imagine Apple reviewers start to care less about the code inside the container and more the interfaces (does it use health kit? apple pay? etc) and whether they are likely to be reviewed again. Could also look at size of binaries changes and things like that, or perhaps at LLVM byte code level for more detail.

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