Apple has Removed Thousands of Clone and Spam Apps from the App Store


A new App Store rule from Apple can possibly spell the end of hundred of thousands of apps that are created from “commercialised template or app generation service.” The new rule 4.2.6 clearly states and gives Apple to reject such apps from being listed on the App Store.

With this new rule, Apple is hoping to keep the check of clone apps and games in check on the App Store. More specifically, it does not want thousands of clones of Flappy Birds, Angry Birds, or apps created solely with the intent of scamming users to make their way to the App Store. The company is already enforcing the rule ahead of the release of iOS 11 later this year and this has led to hundreds of thousands of apps being removed from the App Store over the last one year. The number is a bit inflated since it also includes apps that are not 64-bit compatible but we are likely still looking at a pretty huge number here.

The company is already enforcing the rule ahead of the release of iOS 11 later this year and this has led to hundreds of thousands of apps being removed from the App Store over the last one year. The number is a bit inflated since it also includes apps that are not 64-bit compatible but we are likely still looking at a pretty huge number here.

To be clear, the company is not going against app development and creation tools like PhoneGap and TapJet. If you use a similar tool to create an app that is unique in its own right, the company will approve it. This is particularly important since app development tools that do not require users to have any coding knowledge continue to gain popularity.

[Via TechCrunch]

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