iPhone Apps Banned or Removed

Apple reverses controversial decision banning calculator Notification Center widget

Apple reverses controversial decision banning calculator Notification Center widget

Yesterday, the developer of PCalc received a message from Apple asking him to remove the calculator widget from his app within three weeks. The decision was quite surprising, not only because of how useful the widget was, but also because Apple had featured PCalc in the App Store under the Great Notification Center widgets section.

Apple asks PCalc developer to remove calculator Notification Center widget [Updated]

Apple asks PCalc developer to remove calculator Notification Center widget [Updated]

With iOS 8, developers can create widgets for their app, that are shown in the Today section of the Notification Center. One widget that caught our eye was PCalc, that let you quickly access a calculator widget.

Apple pulls Launcher iOS app from App Store for its widget functionality

Apple pulls Launcher iOS app from App Store for its widget functionality

iOS 8 introduced a way to let developers add widgets to the Today section of the Notification Center, and since iOS 8’s release we’ve seen a lot of useful widgets. One such widget, called Launcher, however has been removed from the App Store today by Apple.

Apple posts new web page detailing Common App Rejections

Apple posts new web page detailing Common App Rejections

The App Store has been a phenomenal success, but one frequent complain developers have is Apple’s opaque app review process. Although Apple has laid out a strict set of rules for iOS apps to be approved, many of these rules aren’t applied uniformly leading to confusion and uncertainty.

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.