Apple's updated developer guidelines ban "useless" virus-scanning apps

Doris Richards
September 18, 2017

These new guidelines were spotted by Paul Hudson from Hacking with Swift, and Apple now officially bans apps that market itself as "including content or services that it does not actually offer" - specifically iOS-based virus and malware scanners. Apple is already removing these kinds of apps from the App Store.

The items you create in To Do are synched to Outlook for that Microsoft Account as well so that means you will not only be able to see the items you add in the app but you will also be able to manage your tasks in Outlook and have that sync across the app on your devices.

V3 has asked Apple for comment, which hasn't been forthcoming at the time of writing.

In other words, iTunes no longer allows you to sync your iOS apps or ringtones on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch devices from your Mac or Windows PC, as Apple has removed the iOS App Store feature from iTunes.

With the addition of ARKit, Apple notes that all ARKit apps must "provide rich and integrated augmented reality experiences".


Netflix and YouTube haven't updated the apps for iOS yet, and we're waiting for Netflix to keep their end of the bargain and deliver HDR content to iPhone X and LCD iPhone 8 as they said and maybe the new iPads will get some love too.

For example, this rule, which probably does not need to be spelt out: "Apps that solicit, promote, or encourage criminal or clearly reckless behaviour will be rejected".

Perhaps we are just new to this, but a lot of the guidelines are interesting.

Using the app is the ability to transfer funds from one person to another without using in-app purchases - it will save you from having to give Apple 30 % of the amount. "Documentation must be provided upon request".

There is also some stuff in there about data sharing, which Apple is also not that keen on: "You may not use or transmit someone's personal data without first obtaining their permission and providing access to information about how and where the data will be used". Besides, Apple might simply be making it clear that it will take legal action if it finds such apps.

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