We’ve heard stories before about Apple and their guidelines or rules as they pertain to developers that are looking to create new apps to release in the various app stores. Apple has been described as hard nosed in enforcing these rules.
Although developers are well aware of how tightly Apple will hold them to the rules, it would seem that there are new rumblings on the Internet due to the latest series of rejection emails that developers have received. These latest rejections have to do with apps that are making use of the cloud storage service Dropbox. According to the rejection letters, the reason that these apps were not approved was because of section 11.13 of the app developer’s agreement. Essentially, this section of the agreement states that developers can not make use of an external process to entice customers to subscribe or make purchases. The specific apps in question violated this rule because they included links that made use of Apple’s Safari browser to redirect users to Dropbox.
The reason why Dropbox is on Apple’s hit list is because Dropbox offers a paid cloud storage option that competes with Apple’s own in house solution. If you look in the developer forums, you’ll find it’s not just apps that make use of Dropbox that are being rejected, but also ones that link to the Google account set-up page as well.
For now, Dropbox has responded by updating its API and has also eliminated the links that point to “create account” as well as the desktop version.