Why are apps using Dropbox rejected from the App Store?

May 2, 2012
Tech

At least for the time being, iOS apps that use the Dropbox SDK submitted to the iTunes App Store are being rejected. This was first pointed out by The Next Web. This allegedly has to do with Apple’s policy of disallowing apps that enable users to purchase things outside of the application, not the fact […]

At least for the time being, iOS apps that use the Dropbox SDK submitted to the iTunes App Store are being rejected. This was first pointed out by The Next Web.

This allegedly has to do with Apple’s policy of disallowing apps that enable users to purchase things outside of the application, not the fact that Apple could consider Dropbox a long-term competitor.

Here is Apple’s official statement on the matter:

We found that your app provides access to external mechanisms for purchases or subscriptions to be used in the app, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.

Specifically, your app enables a user to create accounts with Dropbox and Google.

Apparently, Apple is working with Dropbox on a workaround to this issue. Last month, Dropbox also got a fiercely competitive entry to its space in the form of Google Drive.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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