French Minister Calls Apple’s Decision To Remove AppGratis “Extremely Brutal And Unilateral”, Threatens EU Action
It looks like Apple’s decision to remove AppGratis from the App Store could get it into trouble, at least in Europe.
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.
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.
After getting pulled from the App Store about a week ago, the 500px app is back, but with a warning this time. Now when you download and install the app, you have to acknowledge that you’re over 17 and that there could be nudity in the app. A simple move that would keep kids from loading the app without their parents’ permission, but maybe overkill?
500px is a newcomer to the photosharing scene, but one that has received wide acclaim among photographers. Their mobile apps have also received praise for their design and just overall awesomeness. Unfortunately if you haven’t already downloaded the app, you won’t be able to for a while because Apple pulled the iOS from the App Store overnight because Apple felt it was too easy for kids to search and find nude images through the app.
The Verge has some updates on this with word from Apple.