One of the changes Apple announced for developers at WWDC this year is the ability to challenge the App Store review guidelines. Now, we see a preliminary example where a developer was able to successfully challenge an App Store rule after threatening to reject their application.
For those unfamiliar, the Guardian is a firewall and VPN application for the IPL, founded by Will Strafatch. Over the past two weeks on Twitter, the Straffach Guardian app has been prolonging an experience with app store reviews about day-pass features.
Guardian for iOS includes a day pass option that allows users to purchase a 24-hour Guardian feature. The idea is that this is a way for users to secure their traffic for a short period of time, such as when temporarily using a public WiFi network. The Guardian Day Pass feature allows users to “quickly block trackers and other digital nuisances while enjoying VPN connections.”
This is a long-standing feature of the Guardian, but Strafach said Apple only took it earlier this month. According to Staffach, Apple has threatened to reject the Guardian updates until the Day Pass feature is removed. The Apple App Store mentions 3.1.2 points in the guidelines, which state that if an application provides a renewable subscription, the subscription period will last at least seven days.
If you offer a self-renewal subscription, you must provide the customer with a running standard, and the subscription period must last at least seven days and be available across all user devices.
In the case of the Guardian, the Day Pass purchase is not a subscription, but a one-time purchase for 24 hours of access to premium features. Other apps, such as Sprint’s Secure Wi-Fi app, offer similar single-day purchases without issue from the App Store review.
On August 15, Strafach wrote on Twitter that the Guardian had challenged 3.1.2 as soon as the guidelines were implemented. Today Strafach said in an update on Twitter about the situation that the Guardian’s guideline challenge was successful. “I’m justified, and overwhelmed, by this new ability to challenge and change the App Store’s guidelines,” Strafach said.
Apple announced its ability to challenge specific App Store guidelines at WWDC as part of various efforts to improve the developers’ experience. At the same time, Apple added that bug fixes would no longer be delayed due to guideline violations.
First, developers will not only be able to apply for a decision on whether they violate the guidelines provided in the App Store Review Guidelines, but will also have a mechanism to challenge the guidelines themselves. Second, for applications that are already in the App Store, bug fixes will no longer be delayed due to guideline violations, excluding legal issues. Instead developers will be able to solve the problem in their next submission.
Of course, one could argue that the Apple Store incorporates similar features into other apps and rejects the Guardian from the outset of the wording of the Guided Guide from the outset rather than baseless. Nonetheless, it is noteworthy that the parent team was able to achieve a “challenging” success in judging this app store through this new process.
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