Apple Expands Crackdown on App Discovery Apps

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has been cracking down on app discovery resources in recent months, removing high profile apps like AppGratis for violating guideline 2.25, which states the following: "Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected."

    A report from AllThingsD in early April indicated that AppGratis' rejection from the App Store was just the first phase of a much wider crackdown, which was today confirmed by after Apple began rejecting apps that feature tools for "filtering, bookmarking, searching, or sharing recommendations."
    The developer, who opted to remain anonymous, said that the rejected app focused primarily on sharing app recommendations to friends.
    As noted above, guideline 2.25 has non-specific, generalized wording that does not include specifics on the filtering, bookmarking, searching, and sharing violations, which means the company could use the rule to reject and penalize a number of apps that incorporate similar features.

    Article Link: Apple Expands Crackdown on App Discovery Apps
  2. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    cracking down, doubling down, will this doomsday ever come?

    in other news, adobe beat apple to said doomsday
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    How about making a decent App-store app, instead of banning out people who try to make it easier for us.. Search is still terrible in the app-store and you're punishing these developers for it, gg Apple.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2008
  5. macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2010
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    Guessing Apple has discover some kind of fraud with some of this apps?
  7. macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2010
    In the Land of the Evil Empire(TM)
    I'd be willing to use this MacRumors username to log in to an AppShopper Web App if that's what it took to keep a personalized App Shopper experience. I have this gut feeling that App Shopper Social will run afoul of the (new?) rules if it hasn't yet.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    eff Apple sometimes man.

    seriously, do they think consumers are THAT dumb?

    maybe its time to grab an HTC one
  9. macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2011
    UCD, Ireland
    As well as poor app discovery, does anyone else find the AppStore to be horrendously slow at loading? It is on my 4s anyway.
  10. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    why make an app if you can make a relevant website with suggestions or whatever filter shared via the socialites? are people that dependant on push notifications? aren't mail notifications good enough?

    wtf to that
  11. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    That HTC One is the first non-Apple phone I've seen in a long time that made me really want to run out and grab it. It's a sexy phone.

    As for the app rejection, it sounds incredibly stupid.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2008
    So why don't they focus more on a web app solution? Would it be possible to do the same sort of things in HTML5? If they want in the free promotion/exposure of the iTunes ecosystem, unfortunately you have to play by the owners rules. They have an unmoderated solution out there, and its called the Web.

    Everyone just wants to get the benefits of publishing in the iTunes ecosystem. Free exposure/publicity/distribution. But then they complain when Apple makes it clear what they don't want. Its clear, Apple doesn't want these kinds of apps in the App Store, and developers keep trying to figure out loopholes or workarounds, rather than just doing what they should do, building a great web app and promoting it the old fashioned way.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Word. I have yet to add anyone but AppShopper to my feed thus far. I'm really liking the new app though, and hope it stays.
  14. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    This entire story is about ONE new app being rejected, for reasons we don't know.

    The rest seems to bloggers "confiriming" each other to make this sound like a proven "big deal."

    Meanwhile, there are tons of apps like this that ARE on the store, including AppsFire which recently had an update approved, and AppShopper which was recently accepted as a new app.

    People are getting angry because Apple MIGHT have expanded their restrictions... But the evidence so far as thin.

    And re the specific apps that are rejected--while others are being accepted--are we sure they are shining knights of goodness, with apps we truly crave? I like AppShopper a lot, but AppGratis sounds pretty shady with their push-notification ads. There has to be a line--not to benefit vocal developers nor even Apple (directly) but to benefit we Apple customers.

    If the rules have changed in some terrible way, let's see more evidence and less vague FUD.

    Me three! Dog slow, with the important stuff in a too-small central panel. Scrap it for iOS 7!
  15. macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    Translates to "only we are allowed to show you apps that we want you to purchase or who ever paid us the most to recommend them to you."
  16. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    They don't want these apps to be able to drive the "top charts" in various categories by essentially doing the app-store version of Search-Engine-Optimization (SEO). They want the top-charts to based off regular marketing of apps and word of mouth rather than having these stores be proxies for the App Store and therefore be able to milk app developers out of money to gain the top spot by buying their way there.

    Ever since they updated App Store in iOS 6, they also updated the back-end/server-side of App Store. The server side is so slow now that the iOS app and the Mac iTunes app both lag in pulling screen refreshes (in my opinion). Whatever they did, they need to fix it. It sucks.

    I think that Apple specifically does not want push notifications used as an advertising medium. Apple does not charge developers per push notification so it becomes a free advertising medium that avoids iAd and enables competing advertising platforms. Also, novice users will just get to hate their iPhones if they get drowned in notifications that are advertisements. Many users don't know how easy it is to turn off push notifications for an app.
  17. macrumors member


    May 21, 2008
    NW Indiana
    Good for you apple. I'm tired of these "apps" that show you other apps. It's their product. You aren't adding anything of value you are just trying to suck the blood from apple without contributing anything. If you want to do this make a web-based app or site and then go to town. Stop filling the AppStore with useles repeats.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 8, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    Glad that Apple finally stepped in on the app discovery apps. In my opinion, these apps add clutter to my iPhone and reveal to me subpar apps that I end up deleting shortly thereafter.
  19. macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2008
    Maybe the Mystery App IS Appshopper Social?

    As I read the article, I couldn't help but think this is all referencing the new Appshopper Social app, and that MacRumors is trying to raise awareness without running afoul of Apple's rules about talking bad about Apple as a developer.

    Among my reasons for thinking this:
    (1) The app described is basically Appshopper Social.
    (2) The history described is basically Appshopper Social.
    (3) The source was described as "opting" to remain anonymous in the Macrumors article, instead of "requesting" to do so.
    (4) There was no mention of potential impact to Appshopper Social, which would be a natural talking point if the app in question was a separate app.

    Just some food for thought. I'm sure if I'm wrong, Arn will be along quickly to correct me.
  20. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2012
    /home @
    The SGS4 looks tempting as well.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    How is it sucking blood? You still have to download the apps from the app store. So Apple gets their 30% regardless of how you found the app.

    They do add value by making it easier for us (consumers) to actually find apps we are interested in. Compensating for some of the App store's serious stort comings.
  23. macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2011
    It surprises me how many of you don't have an Android phone, yet.
  24. macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2005
    Apple is doing this because they will be soon rolling out similar features, and don't feel it's fair to have people start an app idea, only to shut them down as soon as they have the same features. It's coming in June at WWDC, i saw and heard of the features from my friends on approval team at iOS
  25. macrumors Pentium

    Jun 22, 2009
    So don't download one of these "apps."

    And actually - given the enormity of the app store and how challenging it can be to find apps (let alone those on sale) - the apps provide great value to developers.

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