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TUAW reports that has Apple has begun allowing developers of App Store applications carrying mature (age 17+) ratings to issue promo codes for the applications. The move apparently comes about a week after Apple's restriction preventing issuance of promo codes for such applications began gaining attention.
Luckily, it seems that Apple has been listening: over the past few days, we have received word from a number of developers stating that they are now able to request promo codes for their 17+ apps. While Apple has not made any official comment on the issue, it appears that they have quietly conceded this battle to the developers, once again enabling them to distribute promo codes as needed for all of their apps.
Apple's promo code policy for 17+ applications appeared to be related to a lack of parental controls applying to promo code redemption. At this time, it is unclear whether Apple has made any technical changes to the App Store to address this issue or if it is simply a policy change.

Article Link: Apple Enables Promo Codes for iPhone Applications Rated 17+
 

ArtOfWarfare

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I'm glad to hear Apple is listening.

So, what's the next thing people want to get all cranky about?

Honestly, you people are impossible to satisfy...

I think maybe one of the following would be nice...
- Something along the lines of NWFC, XBOX LIVE, or PSN would be good, so the small developers don't have to invest in buying their own servers and can instead piggyback on Apple's.
- Making the top paid apps reflect the revenue rather than just sales. Duh the 99¢ games are going to get more downloads than the $9.99 games. (Maybe if they broke it down into price brackets? Like, top paid apps between 99¢ and $2.99, top paid apps between $3.99 and $9.99, $10.99 and $19.99, $20.99 and $99.99, and everything higher... of course, that would leave you with 6 different top apps lists... probably not the most elegant design choice...)
- Easier searching? If I could specify that I only want free apps to be returned, or apps within a certain price range that would be great. Or apps within a certain star rating range.
 
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DELLsFan

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Very surprising....

Not at all surprising. Apple is doing the right thing, IMO - allowing its developers to sell and promote their 17+ content without worrying about Apple stymying or censoring same.

If parental controls aren't sufficient for little Susie or Johnny, then they will just have to wait until they reach 17+ to play with grown-up equipment. :cool:
 
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Bjohnson33

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I think this all makes a lot of sense. We get the best of both worlds - those that are mature enough to get the content can get it, and those that are too young are restricted. Programmers and artists don't have to compromise on their products or worry about censorship, but the kids stay protected. Of course it's not fool-proof, but at least it's something.
 
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NinjaHERO

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Considering that the slightest bit of violence seems to make apps 17 level now, this is a good thing. How else can people demo their app. Heck, I think Pocket God is now 17+, what the heck.
 
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djdole

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I swear to god,
If one Apple crotch-nurser starts applauding and praising :apple: for 'graciously' giving this back (something they never should have revoked in the first place)...
I'm going to have to start breaking knees.
 
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MacFly123

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I don't care if these guys get their promo codes, but why do people say this is a step in the RIGHT direction??? What is the RIGHT direction? Getting porn in the App Store. NO THANKS! I want Apple to keep it as clean as possible and I appreciate them doing so thus far!
 
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BaldiMac

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I don't care if these guys get their promo codes, but why do people say this is a step in the RIGHT direction??? What is the RIGHT direction? Getting porn in the App Store. NO THANKS! I want Apple to keep it as clean as possible and I appreciate them doing so thus far!

Apple does not allow porn in the App Store.

I swear to god,
If one Apple crotch-nurser starts applauding and praising :apple: for 'graciously' giving this back (something they never should have revoked in the first place)...
I'm going to have to start breaking knees.

They disabled access for a couple weeks, likely to fix a bug. What's the big deal?
 
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iphones4evry1

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This is quite interesting, they disallow then allow. :/:eek::rolleyes:

I agree. It would be really interesting to hear Apple's comments on why they disallowed and then allowed. Hmmmm.
(for starters, I don't think developers are giving the promo codes out to 10-year old little Timmy. The promo codes are for the media, so that journalists can write reviews on the App and post an article on the App on news websites)

(btw, why is it "17+" instead of "18+" ? Did the U.S. change the legal age from 18 to 17 ?
 
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BaldiMac

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I agree. It would be really interesting to hear Apple's comments on why they disallowed and then allowed. Hmmmm.
(for starters, I don't think developers are giving the promo codes out to 10-year old little Timmy. The promo codes are for the media, so that journalists can write reviews on the App and post an article on the App on news websites)

Promo codes are routinely distributed in these forums. No restriction to media.

(btw, why is it "17+" instead of "18+" ? Did the U.S. change the legal age from 18 to 17 ?

Legal age for what? "R" rated movies have been 17+ as long as I can remember.
 
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TwoBytes

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with this gone ahead i guess apple can now relax their rules a bit and let more 'mature' content though the app store
 
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MacFly123

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Apple does not allow porn in the App Store.

I know that. My point is that it seems like people are pushing for it to be allowed more and more, and saying this move was a "STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION" alludes to that. People are always trying to "push the envelope" and push their crap on all.

I don't care about people getting their access codes, but I do care about the trash out there that want to flood everything in the world with their smut and filth! :rolleyes:
 
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JAT

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How is this news? Or a hot topic? Or worth any time at all?

Safari has been on the iPhone/iPod for quite some time, now. With full access to the internet. (except Flash, of course)

What, not enough GTA-clone apps already?
 
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BaldiMac

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How is this news? Or a hot topic? Or worth any time at all?

Evidently, it's worth some of your time!

Safari has been on the iPhone/iPod for quite some time, now. With full access to the internet. (except Flash, of course)

What does Safari have to do with promo codes for apps rated 17+?
 
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