Developing for iOS 9 - canOpenURL: changes

I ran into an issue earlier this evening when my new iOS 9 app was sending me to instead of opening the Twitter app. There doesn't seem to be much mention about it in either the WWDC sessions or online.

This used be perfectly safe code (pardon my obj-c):

if ([[UIApplication sharedApplication] canOpenURL:[NSURL URLWithString:@"twitter://user?screen_name=screenshot_app"]]) {
[[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL: [NSURL URLWithString:@"twitter://user?screen_name=screenshot_app"]];
} else {
[[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL: [NSURL URLWithString:@""]];

In fact, it still is with one gotcha via use your loaf. Apps linked against iOS 9.0 and later will have to white list app schemes they want to use with a new LSApplicationQueriesSchemes key in their Info.plist (That key maps to an array of strings).

In theory, this new block will stop apps from building a list of apps already installed on a device by querying through a lost of known URL schemes using canOpenURL. Presumably, if you can't explain why you're including over 100 schemes in LSApplicationQueriesSchemes, you'll be rejected during app review.

iOS 8 apps running on iOS 9 will apparently work as expected until they cross a 50 scheme threshold at which point canOpenURL: will return an error.

When updating to iOS 9, be sure to add LSApplicationQueriesSchemes to your Info.plist. A 'Find in Workspace...' for canOpenURL will show every instance where you're calling a url scheme.