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fixing ERROR ITMS-90725: "SDK Version Issue: iOS app updates submitted to the App Store will need to be built with the iOS 11.0 SDK or later


check PR301 for fix.
Kees van Dieren asked for solution about the issue he has with submitting app to apple store. Issue he had is following:

ITMS-90725: SDK Version Issue - In July 2018, iOS app updates submitted to the App Store will need to be built with the iOS ‘11.0’ SDK or later, included in Xcode [9.0] or later. Make sure to update Xcode for future app deliveries. After you’ve corrected the issues, you can use Xcode or Application Loader to upload a new binary to iTunes Connect.

After checking list of possible source of problems following poped up:

$ otool -l IosEsLauncher | grep -A 4 LC_VERSION_MIN_IPHONEOS
cmdsize 16
version 8.0
sdk n/a
Load command 10

sdk n/a – come-on I had it with home made SDK on windows/linux and it should not happen on Mac but it there as well.

Root case

As in case of Linux/Windows it is due -isysroot /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs/iPhoneOS.sdk specified as system root to linker. And as we know from similar linux/windows case linker is not able to find out SDK version as it tryies to extract it from sysroot path:

// if -sdk_version not on command line, infer from -syslibroot
if ( (fSDKVersion == 0) && (fSDKPaths.size() > 0) ) {
    const char* sdkPath = fSDKPaths.front();
    const char* end = &sdkPath[strlen(sdkPath)-1];
    while ( !isdigit(*end) && (end > sdkPath) )
    const char* start = end-1;
    while ( (isdigit(*start) || (*start == '.')) && (start > sdkPath))
    char sdkVersionStr[32];
    int len = end-start+1;
    if ( len > 2 ) {
        strlcpy(sdkVersionStr, start+1, len);
        fSDKVersion = parseVersionNumber32(sdkVersionStr);

Why iPhoneOS.sdk is used while iPhoneOS11.4.sdk is available

ls -l /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/iPhoneOS.platform/Developer/SDKs/
iPhoneOS11.4.sdk -> iPhoneOS.sdk

So these are actually the same. E.g. content is same. If SDK is not specified by iosSdkVersion in robovm.xml IOSTarget will sort SDK and pick recent ones. In this case iPhoneOS11.4.sdk are iPhoneOS.sdk exactly same and order which will go out from sorting is not defined (as for sorter they are equal)

This second solution

Till this PR is not accepted or if you stick to older RoboVM version the solution would be to rid off iPhoneOS.sdk:

  • remove iPhoneOS11.4.sdk
  • rename iPhoneOS.sdk to iPhoneOS11.4.sdk


The only right solution is to provide linker with parameter that specifies SDK verison: -sdk_version 11.4


Also changes were done to change sorting to look into SDK root path and if versions are equal make SDK located in iPhoneOS.sdk lower priority

All fixes are in PR301