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Apple Confirms it Kicked Out AppGratis For Using Push Notifications To Promote Apps

Apple Confirms it Kicked Out AppGratis For Using Push Notifications To Promote Apps

Yesterday, we reported that AppGratis, an iOS app discovery service, was kicked out of the App Store for unknown reasons. Today, Apple has confirmed that, as we speculated, the app was indeed yanked for violating section 2.25 of the App Store Review Guidelines. 

Apple Pulls AppGratis From the App Store

Apple Pulls AppGratis From the App Store

AppGratis, an app discovery service that worked with developers to make one paid app free everyday, has been pulled from the App Store. While Apple occasionally rejects apps based on the use of private APIs, AppGratis’ rejection could have something to do with Apple’s app review guideline that forbids third party apps similar to the App Store.

How To Disable In-App Purchases on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

How To Disable In-App Purchases on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

After listening to the horror stories due to the in-app purchase feature, I thought it was high time I wrote a tutorial that shows parents how to disable the feature before giving a child an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Apple had added the feature to restrict access to In-App Purchases back in 2010, so I am quite sure many of you already know how to disable it. If you don’t then continue reading.

Apple Adds “Offers In-App Purchases” Warning to App Store Apps

Apple Adds “Offers In-App Purchases” Warning to App Store Apps

Apple has today pushed out a change to the App Store that adds an “Offers In-App Purchases” disclosure right below the Purchase/Download button for apps which let users buy virtual goods using Apple’s IAP framework.

Apple To Reject Apps That Don’t Support iPhone 5/Retina Display, Use UDIDs From May 1

Apple To Reject Apps That Don’t Support iPhone 5/Retina Display, Use UDIDs From May 1

Apple has just informed app developers that it won’t be accepting iPhone apps that don’t support iPhone 5’s taller display and apps that don’t support Retina display after May 1. It will also reject apps that use the outdated unique device identifier or UDID.

Apple has made the announcement on the developer’s website.

App With Hidden Game Boy Advance Emulator Sneaks Into the App Store [Update: Removed]

App With Hidden Game Boy Advance Emulator Sneaks Into the App Store [Update: Removed]

If you want to play Game Boy Advance games on your iOS device without jailbreaking it, then act quickly.

The developer has managed to sneak the Game Boy Advance emulator in the App Store by hiding it inside an app for baby names called Awesome Baby Names.

Apple Urges Judge to Dismiss App Monopoly Lawsuit

Apple Urges Judge to Dismiss App Monopoly Lawsuit

Apple has asked U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers to dismiss a consumer lawsuit earlier today, which claims that the company has a monopoly over iOS apps, according to a report on Bloomberg.

Apple Refunds Parents After Kid Buys $2500 Worth of In-App Purchases Within 15 Minutes

Apple Refunds Parents After Kid Buys $2500 Worth of In-App Purchases Within 15 Minutes

The BBC highlights an incident from the UK where Danny Kitchen, a five-year old kid spent more than $2500 (£1700) on in-app purchases in a freemium game on his iPad within a span of just fifteen minutes.

Apple Debuts AppStore.com Vanity URLs for iOS and Mac Apps

Apple Debuts AppStore.com Vanity URLs for iOS and Mac Apps

Apple has started rolling out easy-to-remember short AppStore.com URLs for iOS and Mac apps, and developers pages that make it much easier to share apps offline. Although this was noticed by most when the Star Trek app used this short URL in its Super Bowl ad, Apple notified developers about this a few days back. 

Path Reaches Settlement With FTC Over iOS Privacy Issue, Fined $800,000

Path Reaches Settlement With FTC Over iOS Privacy Issue, Fined $800,000

Last year, Path – the social networking-enabled photo sharing and messaging service received a lot of negative publicity when Singapore based developer and blogger discovered that Path’s slick iPhone app uploads your entire address book to its servers.

Apple was also criticised for giving developers far too much access to address book information without requiring a user prompt.