Apple reversed its decision regarding the Amphetamine app, which prevents Mac devices from going into sleep mode, so that the app remains on the Mac App Store with its current name and logo.
The developer of the application (William Gustafson) William Gustafson said: Apple told him that it violated the guidelines of the application store, despite its presence in the store since 2014, and he had nothing to do with drug use.
The developer had said: Apple had informed him that he had two weeks to remove all references to the word amphetamine and remove the pill from the icon, and that if he failed to do so, Apple would remove the app from the App Store on January 12th.
Gustafson got a call from Apple about Accept his appeal As for the free macOS app it has been downloaded more than 432K times.
Gustafsson says Apple called him on December 29 and told him that amphetamine was promoting inappropriate use of controlled substances, with the app’s name and icon including references to the controlled substance.
The relevant guideline states that apps that encourage the consumption of tobacco, e-cigarette products, illegal drugs, or excessive quantities of alcohol are not permitted in the app store.
Applications that encourage minors to consume any of these substances are rejected, and it is not permitted to facilitate the sale of marijuana, tobacco or controlled substances except in licensed pharmacies.
To avoid the violation, Gustafsson had to rename Amphetamine, a measure that would make it difficult for existing users to track the app for future updates.
This also terminates any benefits from existing brand awareness, as this will not carry over to the title of the new app.
The developer initially said: he does not expect the appeal to be successful, as Apple closely adheres to App Store rules in most cases.
The company has faced opposition from developers on several fronts in recent months, as major industrial companies, including Spotify, Tile and Epic Games, have formed a group called the Alliance for App Justice, which says: Apple’s rules create an unequal arena of competition in private app stores. Out.
Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson fought Apple last summer over designing the Hey app.
And Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple in August after it removed the iOS version of Fortnite from the app store, and this came after Epic Games added its own system for in-game payments, which goes against the store’s rules.
Just got off a call with @Apple. Appeal accepted and Amphetamine will remain on the @AppStore. Thank you all for your comments, opinions, and action. We may not all agree, but I am happy we all still have the freedom to express ourselves today. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PV7eB9aUfn
– William C. Gustafson (@ x74353) January 2, 2021