If you hadn’t seen the news earlier today about AppGratis getting pulled, don’t worry, now we know why. According to AllThingsD, Apple has said that it violates two clauses of the developer terms and agreements. These two clauses deal with showing and promoting applications that aren’t your own, and using push notifications to for advertising and promotions. Here are the clauses:
2.25 Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected.
5.6 Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any kind.
Many sites predicted the violation of clause 2.25, as Apple has been pulling many apps that do this ever since it acquired Chomp. It will be interesting to see if AppGratis can make a comeback in the App Store, as other applications that offered a similar service, including AppShopper that was pulled in December, has yet to make it back.
What do you think? Is Apple being too strict? Do you think AppGratis will be back? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.