“Following a series of legal threats by patent holder Lodsys, Apple has reportedly suspended approval of at least some iOS applications that utilize the in-app purchasing feature,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“News that App Store approvals from Apple were frozen was reported Wednesday by TUAW,” Marsal reports. “It’s not yet known whether the suspension is related to legal threats that were recently sent by Lodsys to a number of iOS developers, or if it is a separate technical issue.”

Marsal reports, “The downtime associated with the App Store has led to speculation that Apple has suspended approval of new and updated applications that utilize in-app purchases. Apple has yet to respond to the legal threats toward iOS developers by patent holder Lodsys, but a report from earlier this week claimed that the iPhone maker’s legal department is ‘actively investigating’ the matter.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Lynn W." for the heads up.]

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