Apple Can Change | Indie App Developers


Hey, this is the Daily Overpass! My name
is Eric and I make apps. Now today, I want to talk about the good news that Apple
can change. Alright, so, it’s a gray, nasty, windy day
here in South Oxfordshire. But it’s actually kind of nice. As brisk as a
proper English day. It’s very- just English winter’s day. The weather’s
that’s not always bad here. I don’t care what anybody says. So, today – today’s
actually – I woke up to some good news and we all kind of woke up to some good news,
not specifically for me, but for the industry in general. So, you know, we’ve
been talking a lot lately about the changes to Apple guidelines, like they’re
getting more strict with things like that. We talked about guideline 4.3 about
container apps and everything like that. But there’s also the one four point two
point six (4.2.6) which affects services like Appy Pie and business apps and Good
Barber and all these kind of things, where it’s templatized apps that
can’t go on to the App Store. So, the good news is that you woke up this morning – a
few weeks ago, I talked about the change.org petition, you know, that I went
on to go sign which, and it was like it got lots of – lots of publicity with like
a congressman, everything that. The good news is, this morning I wake up to
the news that Apple has modified at least those guidelines and I’m not so
sure about the four point three (4.3), but four point two point six (4.2.6) used to say, “apps
created from commercialized templates or app generation service will be rejected.”
That’s it. End of story. Screw you, guys! Screw you, App
Generation Services! How dare you make things easier for people! Alright. Well,
the new guideline says, “Apps created from a commercialized template or app
generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by
the provider of the app’s content. These services should be submitted on behalf
of their clients and it should use tools and blah, blah, blah,” you can read it yourself.
Basically, what it’s saying is that you can’t release them all under your own
developer account. If you’re gonna do them for your clients, they have to be
able to set them up under their own accounts. So, they need to have their own
Apple Developer accounts and stuff like that. And there, I think and I read the
TechCrunch article which I’ll include in the notes, it does say that, you
know, for government institutions and educational institutions a way, that $99
a year fee and everything. So, it’s not great news, but it’s good news. It
shows that Apple can change and you know, and I can – I know some people
say, you know, “Oh yeah, but spamming the App Store…” And I can understand this. I
can remember I used to talk to other app developers and they would have like I
released an app a day. Some would release two or three apps today.
They would just reskin. It was just – they would create these factories and they
just turned stuff out and it was all the same and that’s why we have so many bad
apps on the App Store. And why they have to make these kind of rules. But, you know,
it also – those rules were affecting a lot of us who aren’t doing that, who are not
spamming the app market. But we were very prolific in creating new things using
our own code. In fact, using our own code that shouldn’t even matte. But anyway, so
at least, it’s good news, not great news. Hopefully, the app review process gets a
little bit easier as we go forward. But, let me know if you, guys, are still
getting hit with a 4.3. I’m not gonna, you know, I’m not even gonna bother releasing
any apps for a little while to the Apple Store. I’m just gonna let this
stuff, let this stuff cool down because I’m so angry with doing it so often. So,
anyway, I hope you, guys, are having a great day today. Hope you, guys, getting
ready for Christmas. That’s it for today. I’ll talk to you, guys, tomorrow.

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4 thoughts on “Apple Can Change | Indie App Developers

  1. Eric – Up until now, have you usually delivered custom app binaries to your clients for THEM to publish in the app store? If Apple applies these guidelines as strictly to updates as new apps, there are going to be a lot of orphaned apps out there. Along with confusion as small companies try to get customers to switch to their "new" app which can be supported with updates. More headaches ahead.

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