Almost six months after enacting an App Store-wide ban of app discovery apps, Apple pulled AppGratis, an app discovery service and daily deal app.
The rule that Apple set in place last October 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.” AppGratis obviously fell under this category but founder and CEO Simon Dawlat assured us at the time that Apple was only interested in shutting the small guys, the “low-quality copycats.”
Today we have found that this may not be the case. While we have yet to hear from the developers of AppGratis directly, a conflict with Apple’s new rules is likely the cause. As PocketGamer.biz notes, discovery service AppShopper’s official app was pulled last December for that very same reason. The good news is that the service could have very likely used a private API on accident or included some other kind of feature that otherwise break’s Apple’s App Store guidelines. Hopefully we’ll know soon.
I and many others enjoy AppGratis as a service and hope it makes a comeback no matter the chances. Do you use AppGratis?