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Apple further cracks the whip on more app discovery applications

There is no denying the fact that the Cupertino company has always been seen as a regulatory force with its stringent rules and norms for app store. Time and again Apple has come down hard on developers and applications that don’t adhere to its policies. Although Apple has kept its overall platform highly closed with no room for customization, it still has been a preferential ecosystem for applications to bloom and generate revenue.

It is normal for Apple to take down applications from its app store which duplicate the functionality of its core applications. Recently Apple even took down a popular application “AppGratis” which gave recommendations on various applications on its rating. This violated the policy as it duplicated the functionality of app store by giving recommendation on the basis of ratings.

But Apple has extended that ban to other applications also on similar basis and expanded the scope of rule that allows it to exclude app submissions that compete with its own App store. The organization has recently assembled new policies against the app discovery tools like AppShopper and AppGratis, whose existence is liable to recommend apps for users to download, intimating the App store’s functionality.

However, this reveals that remaining apps that offer sharing recommendations will be no more accepted under Apple’s rules list or guidelines. Reports further state that Apple’s breakdown on apps violating the recently debuted 2.25 clause of the App store guidelines has widened. The rule states that no app can copy functionality from the app store other than their own, just to promote the purchase of apps. More apps are expected to be soon on the chopping list.

To protect the future viability of the App store, Apple might have stepped forward. One other reason behind Apple’s decision could be to protect the credibility of its iOS ecosystem as a whole. Many organizations are pushing through mobile operating system, which will result in counterpoints to native apps platform like iOS.

HTML5 still holds very basic standards as being in its early stages, that’s the reason why many developers are still hesitating to create apps in HTML5. A theory for Apple’s reasoning to withstanding these moves is that Apple has some plans to adjust the functionality of the app store with the forthcoming release of iOS 7.

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