Apple has protested the threat to remove the popular utility app “Amphetamine” from the Mac App Store. According to the developers, Apple threatened to remove the app above its name, saying it violated guidelines 1.4.3 on “Tobacco and Steam Products, Illegal Drugs and Excessive Alcohol Related” guidelines.
For strangers, Amphetamine is a free app from the Mac App Store designed to keep your Mac from falling asleep. It was released in 2014 and has been on the Mac App Store ever since, but Apple only contacted William Gustafsson, the creator of the ephedrine, with allegations that Apple violated the App Store guidelines.
The App Store does not allow applications that encourage you to consume tobacco and steam products, illegal drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol. Applications that encourage minors to consume any of these substances are not allowed to facilitate the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances (except licensed pharmacies).
Apple has added specific details:
“Your application seems to promote inappropriate use of controlled substances. In particular, your app’s name and icon include a reference to controlled substances, pills. “
Apple has said that if Gustafson does not change the name and branding of amphetamines, the app will be removed from the Mac App Store on January 12. Gustafson quickly found an application and contacted Apple to discuss the situation:
On January 2021, I received a call from Apple discussing the outcome of my appeal. In that call, an Apple representative said that Apple has now acknowledged that “amphetamines” and the pill icon are being used “metaphorically” and “medically”.
In the end, Apple has backtracked on its stand and amphetamines will be allowed to remain in the Mac App Store. Nonetheless, this is another example of an inconsistent approach to the application’s App Store guidelines. There are many more apps in the Mac App Store with references to both legal and illegal drugs, which are much more ruthless than amphetamines.
You can read the full story on Gustafsson’s GitHub page here.
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