iPhone Apps Banned or Removed

Apple removes Secret app from the Brazilian App Store to comply with court ruling

Apple removes Secret app from the Brazilian App Store to comply with court ruling

Yesterday, Apple was ordered by a judge in Brazil to not only pull the anonymous social networking app Secret from the App Store, but also to remotely kill the app from user’s devices that already have it installed.

9to5Mac now reports that Apple has complied with the ruling by removing the Secret app from the App Store. 

Swell Radio service shuts down following Apple acquisition

Swell Radio service shuts down following Apple acquisition

A report from yesterday said that Apple was close to acquiring Swell, the Pandora for talk-radio service, for $30 million. The acquisition seems to have been completed as the Swell website says the service has shut down, and the app has been pulled from the App Store.

Coin Pocket first Bitcoin wallet app to be approved after Apple’s policy reversal

Coin Pocket first Bitcoin wallet app to be approved after Apple’s policy reversal

Apple previously didn’t allow Bitcoin wallet apps on the App Store, and removed a number of popular Bitcoin apps from the App Store that sneaked past the review process. Earlier this month, however, it made a change to its policy, allowing such apps again, as long as they comply with local laws.

Apple pulls top iOS game Weed Firm from App Store

Apple pulls top iOS game Weed Firm from App Store

Earlier this week, an iOS game called Weed Firm took the top position on App Store’s free apps chart. The game, as its name suggests, involves drug-dealing, and it was quite surprising that it managed to sneak past Apple’s radar.

Apple fighting Flappy Bird clones, rejecting games with ‘Flappy’ in title

Apple fighting Flappy Bird clones, rejecting games with ‘Flappy’ in title

The popularity of iOS game Flappy Bird and the developer’s subsequent move to take the app down from the App Store has surprised a number of people. It has also led to the creation of dozens and dozens of Flappy Bird clones that are trying to cash in on the popularity of the original title.

Rumor: Flappy Bird may have been removed from the App Store on Nintendo’s request [Update: Nintendo denies it]

Rumor: Flappy Bird may have been removed from the App Store on Nintendo’s request [Update: Nintendo denies it]

You may have probably heard by now that Dong Nguyen, the developer of Flappy Bird, the unexpected smash hit, that broke records for its atmospheric climb to the top of iOS App Store charts, has removed the game from the App Store.

Developer removes FlappyBird from App Store

Developer removes FlappyBird from App Store

As promised, Dong Nguyen, the developer of FlappyBird, has removed the game from the App Store.

The unexpected smash hit broke records for its atmospheric climb to the top of iOS App Store charts before it was removed.

Apple rejects Encrypted Chat app Cryptocat from App Store

Apple rejects Encrypted Chat app Cryptocat from App Store

Cryptocat is an encrypted chatting service that lets no one apart from the sender and receiver see the actual content of the message. The developer of the service recently submitted an iPhone Cryptocat app, but it was rejected by Apple for “illegitimate” reasons.

Nokia pulls Here Maps for iOS from App Store over iOS 7 changes that “harm user experience”

Nokia pulls Here Maps for iOS from App Store over iOS 7 changes that “harm user experience”

Last year, Nokia released an iOS app for its mapping service called “HERE,” possibly to try to fill the void caused by the removal of the stock Google Maps app from iOS. The company has now pulled Here Maps from the App Store, citing changes in iOS 7 that “harm user experience.”

Apple rejects TextExpander Touch for using Reminders to Share Snippets

Apple rejects TextExpander Touch for using Reminders to Share Snippets

Smile Software, the developer of TextExpander Touch for iOS, the extremely useful typing utility, has relied on workarounds to get around some of the limitations of iOS.

One such workaround was the way the app used Reminders for shared snippet data storage for the inter-app communication limitation.