Emoji Apps No Longer Welcome in App Store Following Native iOS 6 Support

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's iOS devices have long carried at least partial support for emoji, picture characters popular for text messaging in Japan but also gaining interest in countries around the world. Initially the feature was unlocked only for Japanese customers, but over time the company has broadened access to emoji and now supports several hundred emoji characters for all users once they enable the special emoji keyboard.

    With iOS 6 bringing expanded emoji support, it appears that Apple is beginning to address the significant number of emoji apps in the App Store, sending out notices to developers informing them that their apps have been removed from the store because they are no longer useful given the built-in emoji support now available. MacRumors has heard from several developers who received such notices, and a number of other developers have mentioned them on Twitter, so it does appear to be a concerted effort by Apple.
    While Apple's notices state that the apps have been removed from the App Store, they do in fact seem to still be available, so it is unclear exactly what Apple's timeline for taking the apps down may be.

    A number of the developers have noted that Apple seems to be targeting any app listing emoji among its features, not just those that are designed solely to enable emoji characters. Consequently, these developers argue that their apps are indeed useful and provide functionality beyond that offered in iOS 6 itself.

    Article Link: Emoji Apps No Longer Welcome in App Store Following Native iOS 6 Support
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    That's 2/3rds of the apps in the App Store then.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2008
    What about people with older devices that don't want to or can't upgrade to iOS 6?
  4. macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2012
  5. macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    About time

    Some of them were even charging money for something that is built in.
  6. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    It did, so it's odd that Apple would wait until now to do this.

    Here's hoping they don't decide to take down Quick Clips... it handles thousands of special characters, emoji included, and took me ~4 months to develop last year. Not that it's actually paid off in any way now... say, maybe with "competing" apps going down, if mine stays up, it might actually get some attention?
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2008
    I hate dumb corporate types who write crap like this. They should include PR in addition to Legal when they are reviewing. If I was a developer I'd be pretty tweaked at this and spread the word.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Emojis were brought in iOS 5. If your device isn't compatible with iOS 5, I'm guessing your iPhone 3G or original iPhone would have to make due by quickly downloading those Emoji apps.
  9. macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    Good. Those apps just cluttered the App Store.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2007
    Meh, who cares? They didn't take long to build so they aren't out much, and the ones in iOS 6 are perfect to express "emotions." Less cluttered app store, less time app approval teams have to waste on apps like this, and more time for them to approve Google Maps app faster :p
  11. macrumors 6502a

    STiNG Operation

    Aug 15, 2012
    The Zoo
    These apps were such a scam. Only iOS users could see them when received lol. I just use copy and paste's site for symbols when texting another non iOS device.
  12. macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2005
    ... and what of the Emoji apps for MAC?? I downloaded two (the first one sucked ass... can't believe I paid for that crap) and the one I currently use doesn't have the additional Emojis that the iOS6 introduced. The developer's site doesn't work either.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2002
    The Android store can fill up with all the useless Crap Apps, I for one appreciate some level of quality control.
  14. macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2012
    i felt like all those apps were scams anyways. good, out with the garbage in the store.
  15. macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2009
    I've never wanted or downloaded one of these apps, but it is nice to know that if you spend the time to make something people want Apple will just pull the plug on your app once they decide to implement it themselves.
  16. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Heh, I never knew there was native support. I doubt I'm the only one :p the keyboard has to be added manually - at least in 5.1.1
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2010
    Apple should let user vote with negative stars... too many negatives and your app gets kicked out!
  18. macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Just big brother policing the Apple eco-system and weeding the walled garden... no need for concern. :eek:
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2010
    "Apps that are not very useful, are simply web sites bundled as apps"???

    First of all, "apps that are not very useful" is a terrible way to word it. Did a 10 year old write this document? I mean, usefulness is always subjective anyway.

    Secondly, if websites bundled as apps is against the terms of the App Store, they need to take down at least 40% of the apps in the store -- including those created by/for large corporations. Hilton, are you paying attention? Their app is a disgrace.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Please list the link to your useful iOS productivity app. I'm interested in trying it.... :rolleyes:


    I suppose you also complain because Wal-Mart doesn't carry adult DVDs?
  21. macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2012
    This is good. There is definitely no need for the garbage Emoji apps.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2007
    This has been Apple's stance the entire life of the app store.
  23. macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2012
    North Carolina
    So here's a silly question:

    How do you use Emoji's without the apps?
  24. Xenomorph, Nov 2, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2012

    macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    1) Emoji was enabled for all as of iOS 5.0. Not 6.0.

    2) Not all iOS devices can run iOS 6. Some are limited to 3.1.3, 4.2.1, and 5.1.1.

    2a) I hope Apple allows new apps to be submitted if they are for iOS 3.x and 4.x devices *AND* specify in the description that you do not need to use a program if you are running iOS 5.x or newer.

    3) OMG THANK YOU! I *hated* seeing that top apps #6, #10, #15, #20, etc, etc, etc were all PAY Emoji apps. Some review were from people buying them for their new iPhone 5, not knowing Emoji were already unlocked.
  25. macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2003
    My thoughts exactly: Like my iPad 1.

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