Apple rejects apps using Dropbox because of external payments option

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:


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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9 Comments

1. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Its their loss.

2. android_hitman unregistered

keep buiyng apple products ...

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

4. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

8. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 2011

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

5. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

6. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

9. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 2011

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

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