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January 2018

Update 4.2.6 Guideline by Apple Review Team for App Store

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We win. Independent mobile app developers, that is. Apple has recently relaxed it's 4.2.6 guideline on minimal functionality. Which read:

"Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected."

But now reads

"Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app's content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences".

What does this mean? It means the content owner must create their own Apple Developer Account and submit new apps under their name. No longer can a 3rd party developer handle App Store submissions. Sort of!

It also means the process has changed. Instead of relying on your developer to do all the work and handle all the publishing costs the app owner must also become a certified Apple Developer. (This is just being greedy on Apple's part. They are hoping every small business that only needs one app will pay them a yearly fee for the privledge of publishing it in the App Store.)

Consequently, customers must now shoulder the cost of publishing themselves Sorry about that. Miappmaker has in the past absorbed all publishing costs and shared the benefits with it's customers.

Going forward new app owners can expect a $100 yearly fee for an Apple Developer Account. MAM will assist in the setup and configuration as part of the app generation service.

Meanwhile, MAM is in the process of developing Progressive Web Apps as an alternative to iOS mobile apps. PWAs are much cheaper to develop and publish than Apple apps and can have most of the same functionality.

: : Mobile app builder, publisher, previewer, tips, tools and techniques at Miappmaker. January 2018

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