New rules for streaming game services and more
Sep 10, 2020, 8:00 PM
Apple has updated the App Store Review Guidelines with changes to rules related to streaming game services, hidden functionality in apps, and more.
Mainly, Apple now allows for streaming game services as long as the included games can be...
Push Notifications for marketing purposes, a 'Sign in with Apple' clarification and more
Mar 3, 2020, 7:00 PM
Apple has updated the App Store Review Guidelines with changes to rules related to replies to reviews, spam, push notifications, Sign in with Apple, data collection and storage, mobile device management, and more.
Specifically, Apple now...
Third-party analytics, ads in kids apps and 'Sign in with Apple'
Sep 13, 2019, 8:00 PM
Apple has updated the App Store Review Guidelines with changes to rules regarding ads, data collection and privacy in kids apps, and new rules about Sign in with Apple.
Specifically, it is now, in limited cases, permissible to show ads and...
Restrictions to tracking of data in VPN apps and apps for kids, ban of HTML5 apps supporting digital commerce, and more
Jun 5, 2019, 8:00 PM
Apple has updated the App Store Review Guidelines with some significant changes, primarily focusing on rules surrounding data collection. Here’s Apple’s own summary:
Guidelines 1.3 and 5.1.4. In order to help keep kids’ data private, apps...
Gifting in-app purchases
Dec 19, 2018, 7:00 PM
Apple has updated the App Store Review Guidelines, adding some minor changes, the most important being a small change to now allow gifting in-app purchases:
Changes after WWDC 2018
Jun 3, 2018, 8:00 PM
After the keynote of the World Wide Developers Conference 2018, Apple updated the App Store Review Guidelines with a bunch of changes and new rules. It is clear that the theme of this update is user privacy and data protection. You can...
Crypto currencies and ICOs, template apps, loot boxes and more
Dec 20, 2017, 7:00 PM
Wednesday the App Store Review Guidelines was updated with quite a few changes. Besides some minor clarifications, new sections were introduced about:
Crypto currencies and ICOs now have a dedicated section.
The ban on template apps is...
New guidelines for Face ID, ARKit, privacy policies and more.
Sep 14, 2017, 8:00 PM
With the imminent release of iOS 11 and the announcement of the iPhone X with Face ID it was only natural for Apple to update the App Store Review Guidelines. But this update is actually rather big and includes many changes that does not...
New rules following WWDC 2017
Jun 7, 2017, 8:00 PM
After a densely packed WWDC keynote with many new features for developers and user, Apple also published a new version of the App Store Review Guidelines. There are many changes ranging from minor rephrasings to totally new rules.
Added nonprofit payment exception
Nov 13, 2016, 7:00 PM
With this minor update to the App Store Review Guidelines Apple added a subsection saying that approved nonprofits may fundraise directly within their app using Apple Pay. There is also a link to a new page about how to become an approved...
Updated subscription rules, SiriKit, Stickers and more
Aug 31, 2016, 8:00 PM
This update to the App Store Review Guidelines is mostly about the new iOS features SiriKit and Stickers, but also includes the previously promised new rules for subscription based apps. The full diff is listed below, but a few interesting...
Totally rewritten after WWDC keynote
Jun 12, 2016, 8:00 PM
What a keynote! Apple announced significant updates for their 4 big platforms: iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. And right after the keynote ended the App Store Review Guidelines were also updated. But not just updated… Totally rewritten! The...
New Apple Music API section, CareKit and other updates
Apr 18, 2016, 8:00 PM
Today Apple once again updated the App Store Review Guidelines. It’s been 6 months since the last update, and the recent iOS 9.3 release added several new developer APIs; so this update was not unexpected.
Most significant is perhaps the...
Guidelines updated for tvOS apps
Oct 20, 2015, 8:00 PM
Along with other releases (iOS 9.1, watchOS 2.0.1 and tvOS GM) Apple silently updated the App Store Review Guidelines today. The changes listed below are mostly related to the release of the new Apple TV, but the new Apple Pencil also gets...
After releasing iOS 9 Apple just renames Passbook and make no other changes
Sep 15, 2015, 8:00 PM
With the release of iOS 9 we expected Apple to make a bunch of changes to the App Store Review Guidelines like they did last year. But this time the only change is that Passbook has been renamed to Wallet.
Watch apps for telling time and Human Subject Research
Apr 27, 2015, 8:00 PM
Shortly after customers begin to receive their Apple Watches and Apple boasts over 3,500 Watch apps are available, Apple made two small changes to the App Store Review Guidelines. The new section 10.7 states that watch apps must do more...
Research Kit, Apple Pay recurring payments, SoundCloud downloads
Mar 11, 2015, 8:00 PM
After the Spring Forward media event earlier this week Apple has updated the App Store Review Guidelines with a few changes to the HealthKit so that it also mentions ResearchKit and there is a new paragraph on Apple Pay recurring payments....
Apple Pay Changes
Sep 10, 2014, 8:00 PM
Only a week after the last revision Apple again updates the App Store Review Guidelines with a new section 29 on Apple Pay.
Sep 2, 2014, 8:00 PM
Together with the iOS 8 release Apple updated the App Store Review Guidelines with new sections on Extensions, HomeKit, HealtKit and Testflight. Some rules on the new app previews (videos) were also introduce along with a requirement to...
Apple Allows Recommending Related Apps and Bitcoin Apps.
Aug 8, 2014, 8:00 PM
Most notably in this set of changes of the App Store Review Guidelines, Apple now allows apps to show a collection of other apps that don’t have to be your own if they form a collection in a way Apple approves. Apps are now also allowed to...
Cellular Download Limit and Kids Category
Mar 29, 2014, 8:00 PM
A few general changes were introduced in this revision of the App Store Review Guidelines. The limit for downloading apps over 3G cellular were raised from 50 MB to 100 MB the iBookstore was renamed to iBooks Store. Section 24 “Kids Apps”...