Apple is showing no gratitude to AppGratis, the fast-growing daily deal app and app discovery service.
Although details regarding the exact problem between Apple and AppGratis are still emerging, the initial logical suspicion - that Apple’s developer guidelines may have caused the unceremonious app ouster - appears correct.
On Sunday, Apple dumped the app from its iTunes App Store and AllThingsD insists that the dismissal was born of the app's circumvention of App Store rules preventing applications promoting other apps and direct marketing.
The developer guidelines in question state that “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.”
Apple confirmed to AllThingsD Monday that it removed AppGratis from the App Store for violating clause 2.25. But it said that the app also violated clause 5.6 as well.
If and how AppGratis can change its model for the sake of re-entry into the App Store is anyone's guess for now.