Apple Rejects iOS App for Citing Pebble Support in App Store Description

Boating and navigation application SeaNav United States [Direct Link] stated this morning that Apple is no more welcoming the app on the App Store as a result of the reference of Pebble support, or “any type of other mobile system”, within the application’s description.

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SeaNav keeps in mind that its iOS application has actually been formerly authorized by Apple without hassle, and have actually just dealt with barricades after receiving the denial email today. The application sustained Pebble for “nearly 2 years” before today, and the company says the app’s most recent upgrade has “no modifications to our support for the Pebble”, hinting that the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch could be the primary perpetrator of the suppression on SeaNav.

We have just had the most up to date version of our SeaNav United States iOS application declined by Apple because we assist the Pebble Smartwatch and state so in the app description and meta-data (we also mention in the testimonial notes that “This application was accepted for use with the Pebble MFI Accessory in the Product Plan xxxxxx-yyyy (Pebble Smartwatch)”. View copy of rejection reason here.

SeaNav United States has previously been authorized by Apple without trouble, we have actually had Pebble support in SeaNav for nearly 2 years and there are no adjustments to our assistance for the Pebble in this version. What are Apple doing? Have they gone Apple Watch crazy? What could we do?App Store testimonial standard 3.1 has actually covered the restriction on discussing contending platforms for some time, yet up until now developers have generally not had concerns with Apple turning down apps for stating Pebble assistance. With the Apple Watch all set to release, however, Pebble could now be taken into consideration a contending system. Apple has actually been understood to deal quickly with applications it considers doubtful on
the App Store in the previous, but today’s news is most definitely fascinating given the factor for denial and the launch of the Apple Watch tomorrow. SeaNav US ought to be able to resubmit the app after eliminating all mentions of the Pebble smartwatch from its marketing products and App Store web page, yet it absolutely leaves an appealing inquiry for the future of Pebble-supported iOS apps, particularly Pebble’s specialized iOS app, presuming SeaNav’s rejection was not the outcome of a reviewer misconstruing Apple’s designated application of the guidelines. [resource]

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