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Apple updates App Store Review Guidelines to cover ‘cheating’

Following this morning’s announcement of a new subscription billing service for the App Store, Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to reflect changes related to the subscription service, as well as to add new language relating to those who try to ‘cheat’ the App Store system. As reported by Mac Rumors, the new guidelines state, “If you attempt to cheat the system (for example, by trying to trick the review process, steal data from users, copy another developer’s work, or manipulate the ratings) your apps will be removed from the store and you will be expelled from the developer program.” The report notes that the language was likely added to give Apple further power to deal with developers who hide unauthorized features as “easter eggs” inside their programs, as well as those who steal content from other developers.

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1

I agree with apple.  I think it is a shame that some developers simple copy others games, implement some foul source code and others.

Posted by dennis on February 15, 2011 at 8:09 PM (CST)

2

@1: It’s not so simple as that. Yes, there are instances of arguably malicious code, although much of what has gotten so much media attention lately is actually within Apple’s permissible behaviors. A lot of the “under the hood” stuff this policy is specifically used to threaten against is to provide features the end users want. Apple’s making a threat: don’t you dare have some hidden feature users can unlock with a code from the web that wouldn’t pass our policies or we’ll boot you out of our developer program permanently.

As always, it comes down to the “their house, their rules” principle, but don’t think it’s because Apple is supporting and protecting you, Apple is supporting and protecting Apple, period.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on February 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM (CST)

3

No, they’re doing both.
They sell product based on reputation, and if malicious code gets hidden, it’s a risk that they have every right to try and stop.
As for the second part, no kidding?  AAPL is a public corporation with stockholders.  Grasp that concept and you’ll see why they do what they do.
I’m amazed Apple hasn’t yet asked you to run the company while Steve is out…

Posted by sb on February 16, 2011 at 12:55 PM (CST)

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