Ex-Apple developer says Apple is breaking its own App Store rules

Ex-Apple developer says Apple is breaking its own App Store rules
While the reviews of Apple's News+ have been somewhat mixed, some people think one thing is clear: Apple has a double standard when it comes to its App Store rules. One ex-Apple developer detailed how he believes that Apple News+ would be rejected by the App Store if it were submitted by anyone other than Apple itself.

Dave DeLong, who had worked at Apple as an engineer for 7 years, said the Apple News+ app breaks App Store rules surrounding the onboarding process for subscriptions. According to DeLong, Apple's News+ subscription page should include information on how to cancel as well as a link to the app's privacy policy (a suggestion found in Apple.) Looking into Apple's Developer Program License Agreement, there is a long list of items that Apple requires apps to display when a user is confronted with a subscription page (below). The list basically amounts to the fine print that you'll be presented when being onboarded as a new subscriber, but Apple's News+ subscription page doesn't include any fine print, it doesn't even tell users how long the free trial is for the service meaning there's also no indication of when the auto-renewing subscription will flip from a free trial to paid.

These omissions would be grounds for any other app being rejected from the App Store and DeLong says App Store reviewers are "huge sticklers about even having the smallest thing missing." DeLong even went on to wonder if this clear double-standard could be grounds for a class action lawsuit against Apple, but we'll have to wait and see on that.

Of course, this isn't the first time Apple has been accused of a double standard (and likely won't be the last.) Previously, Apple has been caught sending users uninvited push notifications regarding Apple Music and Carpool Karaoke. This marks the fourth time in just four months that Apple has been found violating its own policies and the company has yet to comment publicly on the issues.

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6 Comments

1. w1000i

Posts: 235; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

apple make complicated thing to look simple. Live with it apple users

3. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Whats worse is Apple will make something that is new for Apple, but will start competing with products or apps that were on their app store for years. Spotify ring a bell anyone, and there is a number of others as well. Apple should not be allowed to compete in their own store, period. Especially when there is other businesses that were on Apple's store, before Apple decided to bully their way on their app store. Smells and looks like a double standard to me.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 997; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

There's nothing wrong with Apple wanting to compete in any app market, such as Music streaming, tv streaming, news, etc. The issue comes when Apple blatantly gives themselves an advantage over the previously existing Apps. Such as requiring companies to pay 30% royalties on purchases and subscriptions through the app store, so the company either has to take in less money than Apple's own product (When they have the same pricing structure) or up their price to still earn their full profit. And now with this News+ they are circumventing their own Policy, so that users would opt-in for the trial and then begin being charged without any indicator of how long the trial is, or how to cancel the sub.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 6739; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Plus Apple is dropping their news+ app (called Texture) on Android. Apple wants to get into services more. More like Apple wants to push more of their hardware out, and at the same time try and push more customers over to their platforms, by purchasing existing services that support every platform, but make them exclusive to Apple's platforms.

2. vgking9699

Posts: 91; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

It’s not even out yet fully It’s just a beta firmware so far

6. Ichimoku

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

No fair play for Apple

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