Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd May 2012 08:29 UTC
Apple Apple is rejecting applications that use Dropbox because if the user of such an application does not have the actual Dropbox application installed, he is presented with a Dropbox login form through Safari, which happens to also show a sign-up link, and after clicking on that sign-up link, users could potentially run into one of the paid Dropbox options. Application developers and users surprised by this may need to read about the frog and the scorpion.
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Good
by scarr on Wed 2nd May 2012 13:48 UTC
scarr
Member since:
2010-11-07

Look, this _sounds_ silly because it is dropbox. Many of us like it and use it.

But, I'm happy Apple is sticking to their guns here. When I download an App, the last thing I want is for that app to redirect me to some web site to buy something else. Remember 5 years ago when we had to install all these add ons to remove popup web dialogs? I'm glad Apple is [mostly] keeping that paradigm out of the App Store.

Edited 2012-05-02 13:49 UTC

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RE: Good
by MOS6510 on Wed 2nd May 2012 14:11 in reply to "Good"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It's a bit silly, because you can get a free Dropbox account, but also a paid one. It's the possibility of someone opting for a paid account outside of the app store domain that Apple objects to. If you can/need to buy something it has to be done via the app store system, which is "user friendly", but also allows Apple to take some of the money.

While I agree that it's nicer for the user to be able to purchase anything using his Apple ID and the app store instead of getting redirected to a web site, I do think it's a bit overblown in this case as most, if not all, people who end up needing to get a Dropbox account after installing App X will go for the free account.

I mean, it's rather logical to get the free account and see how far that gets you and if it doesn't get you far enough you can always pay up for extra disk space.

Personally I have used Dropbox for free for quite a while and I'm nowhere near my limit.

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RE: Good
by Molehill on Wed 2nd May 2012 14:14 in reply to "Good"
Molehill Member since:
2012-05-02

You seem to be implying this is about popups and such like. It isn't. It is about Apple stopping apps having an external mechanism to pay for something. Apple won't get a percentage of the payment if they allowed this.

In this particular case they are being overly pedantic and one cynically feels this is to promote iCloud over dropbox. Surely a web browser should be banned for this rule as it allows external mechanisms to buy things.

Edited 2012-05-02 14:15 UTC

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RE: Good
by bitwelder on Wed 2nd May 2012 14:29 in reply to "Good"
bitwelder Member since:
2010-04-27

Reading the linked forum thread it seems a little suspicious, as other apps with similar potential policy violation have been approved (using Facebook Connect).
Thou shalt not have other cloud service than iCloud?

Also, a developer reports that user has to deviate quite much from the intuitive flow of the login process to get to the 'purchase proposal'. If a user gets so easily sidetracked (you want only to login and you end up buying storage space?) no matter how draconian is the policy, she'll find a way to get lost anyway :-D

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RE: Good
by Alfman on Wed 2nd May 2012 17:21 in reply to "Good"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

osnews has paid accounts, an osnews app linking to the website would have to be rejected too. We couldn't risk having the scam artists behind osnews make a sale outside the sacred ibazaar.

Computing sure has gone downhill hasn't it? Mobile computing has much potential, it's too bad consumers are being roped into closed devices. We are at the forefront of the computing dark ages.

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