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Apple rejects apps using Dropbox because of external payments option

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Apple rejects apps using Dropbox because of external payments option
Apple is pretty adamant that nothing that gets into its app ecosystem uses methods of payment that circumvent its own 30% cut, so recently it turned out that Cupertino has started rejecting apps using Dropbox.

The thing is that if the user doesn't have the Dropbox app installed, then the authorization for purchase of additional storage goes through Safari, which might eventually allow them to do it directly on Dropbox's website, if he or she chooses the desktop version option. 

This, according to Apple, would constitute "sending user to an additional purchase", a punishable offense. A developer received letter of rejection from Apple for this exact same reason, stating:

We found that your app provides access to external mechanisms for purchases or subscriptions to be used in the app, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines. Specifically, your app enables to user to create accounts with Dropbox and Google.

Reports are that Dropbox is working actively with Apple to remedy this issue. The Financial Times recently reported a big success of its HTML5 app that circumvents Apple's 30% subscription fee cut, so we might see a lot of publishers choose that route in the future.

source: Dropbox via TNW

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posted on 02 May 2012, 03:14 3

1. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


Its their loss.

posted on 02 May 2012, 03:31 4

2. android_hitman (Posts: 591; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


keep buiyng apple products ...

posted on 02 May 2012, 03:39 8

3. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Should we really be surprised,if apple can't control and squeeze as much money out of something as it wants then it win ban it. Also dropbox is a rival of the icloud essentially and lets face it we all know how much apple hates have competition with similar or better products.

posted on 02 May 2012, 09:22 3

4. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


This is exactly why I don't own an Apple product.

posted on 05 May 2012, 08:19

8. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


This...seriously.

This is why iOS will never get OnLive because OnLive isn't stupid.

posted on 02 May 2012, 09:59

5. 14545 (Posts: 1063; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


LMAO, even though dropbox IS mainly a DESKTOP cloud services client, they are going to prevent their users from getting it over their ridiculous "30%"? WTF. I know the sheep probably won't even know what they are missing, but I still don't understand why anyone would want to do business with them.

posted on 02 May 2012, 10:59

6. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


For a company that failed, was on the verge of bankruptcy and then bailed out by a competitor they sure treat every other company like $hit.

posted on 02 May 2012, 12:46

7. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


If you don't like Apple's rules you don't have to do business with them. It's that simple.

posted on 05 May 2012, 08:20

9. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


...hence why I don't. :)

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