Did you know: 6 apps that Apple banned from the App Store

Did you know: 6 apps that Apple banned from the App Store
The Apple App Store is a desirable place to be for many developers: it's where most of the app money is made, and it opens your app up to the lucrative US market. However, on the flipside, it's also a tightly regulated walled garden that is not so easy or fast to get into (unlike, say, Google's Play Store).

What can be worse, though, is that the reasons for accepting or rejecting an app - despite the hundreds of pages of terms and conditions - do not seem perfectly clear, and such lack of clarity naturally tends to force people to auto-censor their apps. Some, however, have refused to do so, and have suffered the consequences in the form of a ban from the App Store.

While the ban is a logical decision for some of these apps, other banned apps seem to fall victim to political or corporate decisions. Check out the most notable banned apps from the App Store right below.



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Banned for bringing bad publicity to Apple.

11. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I think it's natural, not just Apple.

20. animal

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2014

i never know and i don't care

2. joey18

Posts: 693; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

well those apps are so liberal when they make anti american apps so conservative will cry

3. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

#1 #3 & #4 being banned is silly. The other 3 you could make a case for but they aren't worth the trouble IMO.

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It sounds like censoring reality more than anything else. None of these apps do anything illegal. You could argue that after school does, but that is the users, not the app itself.

5. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Aplle's guidelines are vague IMO. Bring them to android so we can play them.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So Google can ban apps like tubemate from the play store?

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Since this app provides a service that breaches Google's terms of service quite clearly (all youtube download programs do). I hardly call it a vague guideline. Tubemate in the Appstore works differently, since it doesn't download youtube movies.

18. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

15. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

17. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

7. toiletcleaner

Posts: 224; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

You miss Tether. it was on Itunes for a few days then banned

8. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I like how the list of apps banned from the Google Play Store were illegal streaming apps while this is a list of offensive games.

9. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

There isn't even a proper working tubemate app on app store! All youtube downloaders suck. Your only option is to downloading Documents 5 app=> copying youtube url=> pasting on online youtube downloader like clipconverter or catchonlinevideo=>download. That's tedious. The tubemate app on app store is a hoax! It doesn't work at all!

12. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Why dont you try ss method to download youtube video??? Search on google about ss method for downloading youtube videos..... Its easiest amd best way to download youtube videos....

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Valid reasons I say.

13. Noneyabusi

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 26, 2014

I et so tired of these wannabe pretend internet cops thinking they know what's best and ban things. From adults who can make their own decisions.

14. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

A lot of these seem satirical - and some of the more serious ones like drug dealing: well iTunes doesn't seem to mind that stuff in movies and music. Censorship is idiotic Apple, okay sure filter out porn and hate speech - but these apps are mostly satirical or just expressing real life themes!

19. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Fat Joe sighting.... On a side note...Phone Story...LOL...you got punked, Apple...

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