Apple Modifies iPhone SDK to Allow Sweepstakes Applications

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Register Hardware notes that Apple has modified the iPhone SDK to specifically allow developers to include sweepstakes and lottery functionality in their App Store applications.
    The report notes that developers must clearly state in any contest rules that Apple is not a sponsor of nor responsible for conducting the promotions.

    Also referenced in the report is The KaChing Button, an application introduced in December that previously only served to allow users to make a novelty "ka-ching" sound. The $0.99 application was updated last week, however, to include sweepstakes functionality under the new SDK terms, allowing the application's developers to offer "up to $1000" per day in prizes over the next month to random winners selected from those pressing the KaChing Button within the application. Daily prizes thus far have been at the minimum $100 level and will presumably be increased should revenue from application purchases support such payouts.

    Article Link: Apple Modifies iPhone SDK to Allow Sweepstakes Applications
  2. macrumors 65816


    Oh dear!

    Out goes porn, now gambling making a start on the iPhone!

    What a mess!
  3. macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2006
    This is a messed up world.

    Wow killing violence and Gambling is ok but nudity is not. This is a messed up world. We believe our own bodies to be a sin but the wrong we do to each other is ok.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2006
    Here come the App scams and ripoffs.

    Now the store will be filled with useless gambling apps. They need to create another category for this as well.
  5. jo0
    macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
  6. pmz
    macrumors 68000

    Nov 18, 2009
    It's kinda brilliant from a dev stand point.

    Your app costs $0.99
    You give away $1000 a month to one user who is pushing a button.
    If Your app causes a million people to download this and give it a try, you make $700,000 from app sales, and only have to give away $1000 a month.

    Heck, they could give away $20,000 a month and would still make a killing, and would make the app that much more popular.

    I don't see much wrong with that.
  7. macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    This is stupid .... allowing this kinda of crap, but still too stingy to open up private API's like cover flow and full access to the page curl animation for ebook type applications.

  8. macrumors 65816


    Don't forget about all the cash for Apple Inc.

    Yet again the dollar rules over all at 1 Infinite Loop.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2005
    California, US
    Wow, one or two developers will really luck out with this! If used properly, you could make some serious cash off an app that pays out customers for viewing ads on a regular basis.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2009
    Yes, Apple succumbs to the big $$$$ signs, no different than the real world, people trying to rip you off around every corner.
  11. Guest


    Dec 15, 2006
    Montréal, Canada
    LOL... seriously. seems like new management. completely ridiculous.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    I guess since they caved into the immoral minority that hate porn, they have to do this to make back the money they're losing on the porn apps.

  13. macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009

    This type of game/scam is illegal under most states' laws. You can't require a purchase to play/win. And the prize has to be posted. You can't vary the prize depending on how much money you make. That is a raffle.
  14. macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2005
    I like the app. Is it $1 to press the button how ever often you like from then on out? Or $1 per push? Seriously, if it's the former, it's less than the cost of a pack of gum and could possibly give you money back. No big deal, at least it's a novelty app that could have a redeeming value.

    They should also bring back the porn, in fact, create an adult section on the app store. It'd be interesting to see how the porn industry could utilize the mobile app market.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    St. Louis, MO.
    I was just thinking about that... hmmm I need to get that some thought..
  16. macrumors member

    May 19, 2009
    AppStore = garbage bin?

    I'm an iPhone developer, and I make my living from selling my app. However, the way Apple manages AppStore... it's just horrible... They've lost the last bits of my respect...

    Apple: hey everyone, you're welcome to make scam apps! Fart apps used to be the face of AppStore, but that's old. Scam apps are new fart apps! :(
  17. macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    My first thoughts on seeing this post. Rarely do I say this - but WTF is going on with Apple on their app approval process?
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2009
    Exactly my thought...

    Complete and utter garbage and mess...

    To me its just another sign of Steve loosing the plot :s
  19. macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2008
    They approve Sweepstakes Apps but wont allow my apps that I made for a restraunt.

  20. macrumors member


    Jan 3, 2009
    Are Publishers' Clearing House ads illegal on antenna television? No! Are porn ads? Yes! What is different about the app store. Sweepstakes does not equate to gambling, and even if it did, it's not as bad as porn.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    I don't think Apple thought this one through very well before giving it the green light. I have seen documentary after documentary on the news about how internet gambling destroys people's lives. I don't think Apple wants to be a part of that. Also, we all know about scams and identity theft - destroying even more lives.
  22. macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2010
    Someone needs to develop an app that displays random porn pictures with the press of a button. There will be a 1 in 10,000 chance that you see man porn - but if you do, that means you won a $1000 sweepstakes!

    Apple would SO go for it.
  23. macrumors 603


  24. macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2010
    We had the sweepstakes feature of our app added to the App store yesterday. Now people can submit their Oscars picks for a chance to win up to $10,000. Our app is just $.99 and you can get it in the App store here: Awards Hero: Oscars® Edition
    Prize is varied on sales numbers so tell your friends to get the app! (and it makes the facebook part of the app more fun to have more friends to compare your movie picks)
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009

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