According to reports in TechCrunch and MacRumors, Apple has been rejecting apps that include in-game reward systems for watching advertisements that promote other apps and social sharing. This prohibition is affecting both existing apps and ones that new to the App Store.
Apple’s app of the week is a week-long promotion that slashes the price on a popular iOS game or app, offering the title for free. This week the free title is Republique, the debut title from independent game studio Camouflaj. Created by the folks behind Halo 4, Metal Gear Solid and other industry leading games, Republique is a stealth-action game that places you in a totalitarian state with an elaborate nationwide surveillance system that you can access and control.
Apple followed its Monday WWDC 2014 keynote with its Apple Design Award ceremony that recognizes outstanding apps for iOS and OS X. More than just a popularity contest, these apps are set apart by their developers commitment to combining “design and technology in creative, compelling, and powerful ways.”
According to reports in both MacRumors and 148apps, Apple is now allowing some developers to generate promo codes for in-app purchases. This feature allows developers to offer giveaways and send out demo copies of freemium apps, which are free to download, but contain content that costs money to unlock.