As Apple showcased widgets within Notification Center, the possibilities seemed endless for developers to extend an app’s ability. For some, though, it hasn’t been a smooth road.
iPhone Apps Banned or Removed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.