Apple declared that the developers who provide Mac apps apart from the Mac app store have to submit a notarization process to the company.
This process will start from February 3, 2020. Notarization provides the users with more confidence that Apple has checked this software for malicious components.
To recall, In June, the company said that Apple would be notarising all Mac software, which are distributed outside the Mac App Store in order to run by default on macOS Catalina.
Previously, the firm temporarily adjusted the prerequisites of the notarization to make this transition more comfortable and to protect users on macOS Catalina, who continue to use older versions of the software.
The new policies now require the developers to submit their apps to Apple for the notarization security process. Otherwise, they will not run easily in macOS Catalina.
In a statement, Apple said that “If you have not yet uploaded your software to the notary service, then do so and review the developer log for warnings. The warnings will become errors from February 3 and should be fixed for your software to be notarized. Software that are notarized before February 3 will continue to run on macOS Catalina by default.“
According to MacRumors, Apple needs new software distributed with a Developer ID other than that of the Mac App Store to be notarized to run since macOS Mojave 10.14.5, with the notarization process intended to protect Mac users from harmful and malicious apps.