“Once you get on Apple’s bad side, it’s hard to climb back into its good graces, and AppGratis is starting to learn that the hard way,” Buster Heine reports for Cult of Mac.
“After pulling AppGratis’ app from the App Store last week, Apple has also decided to kill push notifications on the app for users that still have it installed,” Heine reports. “This is the first time we’ve seen Apple kill certain functionality on an app after users have already installed it.”
Heine reports, “Tt was revealed earlier this week that AppGratis was charging developers large sums of money to promote their app and game the App Store charts. Apple subsequently banned the app for push notification violations and promoting apps in a manner that was confusing with the App Store… As long as AppGratis is taking money from developers to promote apps so they get a high ranking in the App Store, we doubt Apple will ever let them back in. AppGratis undermined the integrity of Apple’s App Charts, which isn’t something Apple will quickly forgive.”
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