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Apps You Can't Sell in the Mac App Store

Apps You Can't Sell in the Mac App Store

Posted October 21, 2010 at 12:15pm by iClarified · 12446 views
Apple has published their guidelines for software that can be accepted into the Mac App Store.

ReadWriteWeb has compiled a nice list of apps that will NOT be approved.

1. Apps with "Easter Eggs:" Apps that include undocumented or hidden features inconsistent with the description of the app will be rejected.
2. No beta apps: Apps in "beta," "trial" or "test" versions will be rejected.
3. No duplicate apps: Apps that duplicate apps already in the App Store may be rejected, particularly if there are many of them.
4. No drinking/drugs: Apps that encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances will be rejected.
5. No License Keys: Apps that require the entry of a license key will be rejected.
6. No Java?: Apps that use deprecated or optionally installed technologies (e.g. Java, Rosetta) will be rejected.
7. No auto-run: Apps that are set to auto-launch or have other code automatically run at startup or login without user consent will be rejected. Similarly, apps can't automatically add their icons to the dock or desktop.
8. No copying Apple!: Apps that look similar to Apple Products or apps bundled on the Mac, including the Finder, iChat, iTunes and Dashboard, will be rejected.
9. OS X may not be changed: Apps that change the native user interface elements or behaviors of Mac OS X will be rejected.
10. No rentals: Apps containing "rental" content and services that expire after a limited time will be rejected.
11. No RSS Readers?: Apps that are simply web clippings, content aggregators, or a collection of links may be rejected.
12. No data collection: Apps cannot transmit data about a user without obtaining the user's prior permission and providing the user with access to information about how and where the data will be used.
13. No Chatroulette clones?: Apps that include games of Russian roulette will be rejected.
14. Define "objectionable:" Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected.
15. No porn. Of any kind. (Porn as it's defined by "Webster's Dictionary," that is).
16. No gambling. Of any kind.
17. No file-sharing: No P2P apps - apps that enable illegal file sharing will be rejected.
18. Religious apps must be for educational purposes only: Apps may contain or quote religious text provided the quotes or translations are accurate and not misleading. Commentary should be educational or informative rather than inflammatory.

You can read the entire guidelines document here.

Apps You Can't Sell in the Mac App Store
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Kain - October 21, 2010 at 4:20pm
In other words, the door is left wide open for Cydia Store to expand to Mac.
kingcom - October 21, 2010 at 8:16pm
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Buddy Bergman - October 21, 2010 at 11:27pm
That just means the Mac App store will be a big fail for a majority of their users and life will continue the way it does now with app development on the Mac.
drkztan - October 22, 2010 at 3:38am
You DO know Jobs said it wouldn't be the only way to get apps, right? no need for a mac cydia store when you have a mac app store AND the internet app downloads... Mac cydia app store would be pushing it quite a bit, and would only give the reason to apple in that app stores are the future of software distribution :)
User - October 22, 2010 at 10:14pm
But what he means it would still be nice to have a centralized Cydia Mac store for the people who want to have great apps that may have been rejected but a one stop shop.. I think if anyone has brains that Cydia for Mac would be a sweet idea... Hell I would check it out for sure...
M - October 24, 2010 at 3:31pm
So the new Os X will be deigned to be jail-broken, and the whole new game starts.
Kain - October 24, 2010 at 5:17pm
That's the beauty of it. Desktop OSes have never needed to be jailbroken and I doubt Apple will start now. Cydia Store can be the centralized Mac black market without any hacking needed.
Drkztan - October 25, 2010 at 1:53am
Exactly that's what I mean! Jobs specifically said they weren't going to mace the mac app store the only way to get software, so what's up with all the people saying that OS X will be jailbroken!?!?!?!?
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