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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