Apple Removes AppShopper’s iOS App From the App Store

Popular App Store tracking website AppShopper’s iOS app has been pulled from the App Store following a violation of the recently added rule that says developers shouldn’t duplicate App Store functionality.

AppShopper’s founder Arnold Kim has this to say:

As some of you may have noticed, our official AppShopper App has been removed from the App Store. The App was removed by Apple due to a conflict with some new rules that Apple introduced with the iOS 6.

Current users of the AppShopper App will be able to continue to use the app, and we are working on a new version that we hope will be approved by Apple.

The new version will include iPhone 5 support as well as a new look, as previewed in the screenshot below.

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The violated rule, which forbids developers from cloning App Store functionality, was added back in September. It says:

2.25 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

As of now, there are a number of similar tracking apps (AppZapp, Appsfire) live on the App Store, but they could be taken down as well if they don’t offer “significant alternate functionality,” as noted by The Next Web.

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  • Steveo

    That’s BS! AppShopper does tons of things the App Store does not. If you’ve already bought an app, there’s no way to see the current price (to inform a friend) without signing out completely. Also, AppShopper let’s you see the app price & update history. And, the App Store definitely doesn’t let you know where something has gone on sale!

    • laurnzo

      I concur. Apple’s motto is, ” If you can’t beat them, get ride of them” How sad!!

  • Penny

    Interesting. App shopper actually got me to spend money in the app store. By removing this app, apple loses out on sales

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    This rule is SO stupid! Makes me really angry.

  • Yurkie

    I actually have an app to provide a list of apps that are free for the day. The initially rejected the app for this same problem. I added a few features and the approved it. My next update a week ago had no problems, but my new update was rejected for this issue again even though I never removed what I added to it to get it approved. The called me and basically said it shouldn’t been approved initially. Apple is basically full of crap and its getting pathetic. I think they just do this because they see it as losing money so they make a way to reject apps that save the users money. They don’t want people to save money on the apps because that savings comes out of their pockets too… like apple doesn’t make enough money.