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Apple’s Epic Lie ➝

Michael Tsai:

This seems clear-cut to me. Yes, Epic willfully disregarded the App Store guidelines last year, and Apple had cause to terminate its developer account. But, just this month, Apple said that Epic could come back if it agreed to follow the guidelines. Epic promised to, but instead of following through, Apple now says it won’t even consider lifting the ban for potentially five years.

If they weren’t going to let Epic back into the App Store, just say so. Or at the very least make some wishy-washy statement about how the situation would need to be reviewed thoroughly or something. But don’t lie.

This is not the way to build trust.

➝ Source: mjtsai.com

Apple Must Allow Other Forms of in-App Purchase ➝

Russell Brandom, reporting for The Verge:

In short, iOS apps must be allowed to direct users to payment options beyond those offered by Apple. The injunction is scheduled to take effect in 90 days — on December 9th — unless it is enjoined by a higher court.

It’s tough to say how this will play out — how far will Apple really let developers go with this and will there be any unknown implications for those that choose to try this new option?

But it’s a huge step in the right direction. Apple will be forced to compete with other payment systems and that will likely result in more favorable terms for developers.

Now we just need the ability to install apps from elsewhere.

➝ Source: theverge.com

Apple Banned Shadow App After Microsoft Used It as an Example to Get xCloud for iOS Approved ➝

Filipe Espósito, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Microsoft tried to launch its xCloud game streaming service on the App Store for iPhone and iPad users, but Apple rejected the app due to its strict guidelines. Now emails revealed in the Epic vs. Apple trial on Wednesday show that Apple even removed a similar app from the App Store after its existence was mentioned by Microsoft.

Situations like this will always be a problem in the App Store. We need an alternative method for installing apps on iOS.

➝ Source: 9to5mac.com

No Clear Justification for Removal ➝

Patrick McGee, on Twitter:

Former head of App Review says some apps were “remov[ed]” “immediately” because Mr. Schiller and Mr. Cue were “adamant” about (their) removal, despite Mr. Shoemaker’s “protest[s]” that there was no clear justification for doing so under the app review guidelines.

Sure, Apple’s terms of service gives them room to remove apps at their discretion. But we all know that’s a lame excuse. There is always a reason. Otherwise, why wouldn’t they remove all the other apps in the App Store?

Three things need to happen:

  1. Apple needs to strictly adhere to their own rules about app removals and rejections.
  2. If an app comes along that requires the rules be changed, change the rules and give developers a period of time to adapt before the change is enforced.
  3. Give users the option to install apps from elsewhere.

The first two are the absolute baseline. The third item is because people are imperfect and Apple’s ideal of the App Store will never be attained.

➝ Source: mobile.twitter.com

iMessage Kept Off Android for iOS Lock-in ➝

Michael Simon, writing for Macworld:

In a “proposed findings of fact and conclusion of law” filing by Epic Games in its suit against Apple over the terms of the App Store, Epic revealed that Apple once considered a version of iMessage for Android but decided against it “as early as 2013,” just two years after it launched on iOS. Using information gleaned from depositions with senior Vice President Eddie Cue, along with comments from Apple fellow Phil Schiller and senior vice president Craig Federighi, Epic claims that Apple’s ultimately decided that the iMessage’s “serious lock-in” was more valuable to the company than cross-platform convenience.

I like Apple a lot. They do a lot of great things and make some excellent products, but they sure make awful decisions sometimes.

From a user perspective, there is no good reason to keep iMessage off of Android. And interestingly, if Apple shipped a version of iMessage for Android in 2013, they probably would have completely owned the messaging market. Especially given Google’s comparatively scattershot approach.

➝ Source: macworld.com