Apple Rejects Sony Reader App; Wants Apps Offering Purchases Elsewhere To Support In-App Purchases
Last night, New York Times had reported that Apple had started rejecting applications including Sonyâ€™s Reader app since it allowed users to access content that is purchased outside the App Store.
New York Times reported:
The company has told some applications developers, including Sony, that they can no longer sell content, like e-books, within their apps, or let customers have access to purchases they have made outside the App Store. Apple rejected Sony’s iPhone application, which would have let people buy and read e-books bought from the Sony Reader Store. Apple told Sony that from now on, all in-app purchases would have to go through Apple, said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division.
However, folks at All Things Digital have just reported that theyâ€™ve received an official statement from Apple clarifying its stand on the issue:
Apple’s made no change to its App Store Guidlines, it’s simply enforcing a rule that’s been in them all along: apps that offer purchases elsewhere must support in-app purchases as well. â€œWe have not changed our developer terms or guidelines,” company spokesperson Trudy Miller told me. “We are now requiring that if an app offers customers the ability to purchase books outside of the app, that the same option is also available to customers from within the app with in-app purchase.”
So it doesnâ€™t seem to be as bad as we had initially thought as rejecting apps that allowed users to access content that is purchased outside the App StoreÂ would have been ridiculous.Â Its probably a fair thing to expect from Appleâ€™s point of view as the in-app purchase option is lot more user friendly but rejecting apps rather than giving them a deadline seems quite harsh.
The guideline still raises doubts over the fate of apps like Kindle. It remains to be seen how Amazon plans will implement this requirement, especially since Apple takes 30% cut of the revenue, which will be on top of the revenue it needs to pay publishers.
It is not clear whether Apple has given app developers a deadline to add support for in-app purchase to avoid getting booted from the App Store.
What do you think about Appleâ€™s latest move to make it mandatory for apps that offer purchases elsewhere to support in-app purchases as well?