Apple rejects iOS apps using Dropbox

A recent thread on the Dropbox API development forum has reported on Apple rejecting iOS apps with Dropbox functionality. Apple has cited section 11.13 of its terms: “We found that your app provides access to external mechanisms for purchases or subscriptions to be used in the app, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.”

The issue appears to be Dropbox’s iOS SDK, which at the time provided a means to access the ‘Desktop version’ and create a paid account outside of Apple’s ‘walled garden’. The company subsequently released a revised SDK, and users on Dropbox’s forum accused Apple of overly protectionist behaviour, surmising it wanted to ‘force’ developers to embrace iCloud over Dropbox. Others, however, such as ‘Nic W’, argued Dropbox’s OAuth dialog should simply include a username and password, and no upsell at all.

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