The developer of Amphetamines, an app that prevents Macs from going into sleep mode, told Apple it violated the App Store’s guidelines, despite being on the App Store since 2014 and having nothing to do with drug use. Not long after that The edge The company reached out to Apple on Saturday for comment. The company has reversed its decision, however, and the app can stay up to date with its current name and logo.
William C. Gustafson responded to posts on January 1 Reddit and Github Apple told him that he had two weeks to “remove all references to the word” amphetamine “and remove the pill from the symbol.” If he did not, Gustafson wrote, Apple would open the app on Nov. Remove January from the App Store. The logo features a cartoon image of a pill.
Gustafson told The edge On Saturday, he received a call from Apple approving his appeal – but had no insight into how the app was even flagged. “I specifically asked Apple on the phone if this was due to customer complaints and Apple replied,” I don’t think so, “he said.” I thought it was weird that this problem came up out of nowhere. I wasn’t about to get amphetamine or update anything. I’m just sitting at home with my kids enjoying our vacation and got the violations / rejections email from Apple. “
I just got a call from @Apple. Appeal accepted and Amphetamine remains on the @Appstore. Thank you for your comments, opinions and actions. We may not all agree, but I’m glad we all still have the freedom to express ourselves today. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PV7eB9aUfn
– William C. Gustafson (@ x74353) January 2, 2021
According to Gustafson, Apple contacted him on December 29th and told him that amphetamine “appears to encourage inappropriate use of controlled substances. In particular, the name and icon of your app contain references to controlled substances and pills. “
The free macOS app was downloaded more than 432,000 times, with a rating of 4.8, said Gustafson, noting Apple even had a feature Amphetamine in a Mac App Store story. He said he has had numerous interactions with Apple employees since launch to get updates for the app. So far, nobody has objected to the name or the logo.
The specific App Store policy that Gustafson violated is this one that says “Apps that promote the consumption of tobacco or vape products, illegal drugs or excessive alcohol are not permitted in the App Store. Apps that encourage minors to use these substances will be rejected. Facilitating the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances (except in licensed pharmacies) is not allowed. “
Amphetamines don’t do any of this, according to Gustafson, and changing the name of the app would have ruined brand awareness and potentially made it harder for users to find future updates.
Gustafson initially said he didn’t expect his calling to succeed, and in fact, for the most part, Apple adheres to the App Store rules pretty closely. The company has been pushed back by developers on several fronts in the past few months. Large industrial companies like Spotify, Tile and Epic Games formed a group called the App Fairness Coalition. It is said that Apple’s rules create an uneven playing field in the app stores.
Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson struggled with Apple last summer via the mobile app design of his company’s email client, Hey. And epic games filed a lawsuit against Apple in August after iOS version of his Battle Royale game Fourteen days has been removed from the App Store. Had epic implemented its own payment processing system into the iOS version of Fourteen dayswhat is against the App Store rules.
Apple didn’t immediately post a comment on Saturday.