Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Oct 2012 18:22 UTC
Apple "Apple has changed its iOS developer guidelines, adding a clause (on September 12, a source tells me) that reads: 'Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected.' That's a change that could have wide-reaching effects, especially on promotion models that offer developers a paid top slot on app recommendation offerings like FreeAppADay, Daily App Dream and more." Weird clause. Doesn't really seem to address any issue I can think of.
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clintg
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2009-09-19


I agree it's greedy and clearly Apple is taking advantage of the amount of control it exercises. But just as you say the developer has the right to do this "In [Their] own app", couldn't it be argued that Apple have the right to put T&Cs on "their own" app store?

It does smack a bit of monopolistic behaviour, however isn't the smart phone market sufficiently competitive for developers to ditch the iOS in favour of Android (hopefully eventually others OSes) if they don't like those T&Cs?


To clarify my original comments: I think Apple has a right to do what they want and since I am not a lawyer, I really don't know where antitrust issues might come in. They obviously control the closed Iphone market, but they do not control the smartphone market. If app makers are happy to accept the rules, then it is their choice.

I guess my biggest problem with Apple in all of this is the extreme control that Apple exerts over this. I have never appreciated Apple's philosophy of control. I have never understood the fascination people have with a product that gives them little to no control over the product they just purchased (except what Apple chooses to let you do), especially when there are many more choices that give you lots of freedom.

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