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Apple enforcing templated apps ban

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Apparently Apple announced this 6 months ago, and is now enforcing it. From what I've seen, some templated apps are fine, but most are garbage that obscures real software in the App Store. I wonder if graphical assets will be affected, or if they will be looking at code. A lot of indie developers buy graphical assets for otherwise unique apps.

Report: Apple cracking down on template applications, giving developers January 1 deadline

"Apple has been working diligently over the last year to clean up the App Store and rid it of spam and clone applications. A new report from TechCrunch, however, outlines the effect that Apple’s newfound efforts are having on apps built around templates…

The report explains that Apple is cracking down on applications that are built from a “commercialized template or app generation service.” While Apple had included new rules about these types of apps following WWDC in June, only now is it starting to crack down.

Apple has been sending emails to companies taking advantage of templates, telling them that any new applications will be rejected. It’s unclear, however, what approach Apple will take to existing applications. TechCrunch explains that some developers have been able to continue to update their apps, but now fear that Apple could change its tone at any point."
 
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Apparently Apple announced this 6 months ago, and is now enforcing it. From what I've seen, some templated apps are fine, but most are garbage that obscures real software in the App Store. I wonder if graphical assets will be affected, or if they will be looking at code. A lot of indie developers buy graphical assets for otherwise unique apps.

Report: Apple cracking down on template applications, giving developers January 1 deadline

"Apple has been working diligently over the last year to clean up the App Store and rid it of spam and clone applications. A new report from TechCrunch, however, outlines the effect that Apple’s newfound efforts are having on apps built around templates…

The report explains that Apple is cracking down on applications that are built from a “commercialized template or app generation service.” While Apple had included new rules about these types of apps following WWDC in June, only now is it starting to crack down.

Apple has been sending emails to companies taking advantage of templates, telling them that any new applications will be rejected. It’s unclear, however, what approach Apple will take to existing applications. TechCrunch explains that some developers have been able to continue to update their apps, but now fear that Apple could change its tone at any point."
It's one of those "Who Moved My Cheese?" situations representing both big pain & big opportunity at the same time. Clearly there will be winners and losers here, but as always, once things shake out, there will be opportunity for smart entrepreneurs to capitalize. All those businesses who were depending on templated apps are going to need a solution, right?

Another lesson here is that you can succeed temporarily while violating the principle of CONTROL, but sooner or later, you are bound to get BURNED. Happened before to me, and it will happen again. Apple (or Facebook/Google/Amazon/etc) both giveth and taketh away...
 

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Apparently Apple announced this 6 months ago, and is now enforcing it. From what I've seen, some templated apps are fine, but most are garbage that obscures real software in the App Store. I wonder if graphical assets will be affected, or if they will be looking at code. A lot of indie developers buy graphical assets for otherwise unique apps.

Report: Apple cracking down on template applications, giving developers January 1 deadline

"Apple has been working diligently over the last year to clean up the App Store and rid it of spam and clone applications. A new report from TechCrunch, however, outlines the effect that Apple’s newfound efforts are having on apps built around templates…

The report explains that Apple is cracking down on applications that are built from a “commercialized template or app generation service.” While Apple had included new rules about these types of apps following WWDC in June, only now is it starting to crack down.

Apple has been sending emails to companies taking advantage of templates, telling them that any new applications will be rejected. It’s unclear, however, what approach Apple will take to existing applications. TechCrunch explains that some developers have been able to continue to update their apps, but now fear that Apple could change its tone at any point."
So are apps produced by free app makers (drag and drop) in the red?
Usually people just copy and paste on those platforms, and yes, follow templates.

EDIT: Ok @BrooklynHustle thanks for answering that for me...(red face)
 

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Doh. No surprise IBM is exempt from having to do anything original.

"Not surprisingly, Apple’s partnership with IBM, which involves IBM building template-based apps for enterprise clients, is not impacted by the new rules."

Apple’s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store
As one successful appreneur friend once put it "Apple is in business for Apple".

Best not to get too romantic about these things. There are absolutely different sets of rules.
 

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And maybe NEED too.
I mean, does EVERY business need an app?
Doubt it. For many I'm sure it's just FOMO, although I'd guess most businesses are under-leveraging the attention available on mobile.
 

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