Apple blocks Dropbox-based apps

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Apps using Dropbox storage are turned away because they infringe strict rules on in-app purchases

Apple is blocking apps that take advantage of the new Dropbox SDK because they inadvertently allow users to buy extra online storage without Apple taking a cut.

Online storage service Dropbox is commonly used by iOS developers as a way of allowing users to share files created within their apps to other devices.

Apple should reject all web browser apps because they can take you to a page that lets you purchase stuff

However, Dropbox's latest SDK has incurred the wrath of Apple, because users who don't have the Dropbox app installed on their iPhone/iPad are instead pushed to Dropbox's website via the Safari browser. Here, they can click a link to the desktop version of the service, which allows them to buy extra Dropbox storage without Apple taking its usual 30% cut.

Apple is rejecting apps based on the new SDK for contravening its rules on in-app purchases. "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," one developer was told by Apple. "Specifically, this app contains a link that takes the user to Dropbox via Safari."

The decision has been met with anger - and predictable sarcasm - from developers posting on the Dropbox forums. "Apple should reject all web browser apps because they can take you to a page that lets you purchase stuff," writes one contributor. "Go Apple! Crack down on all commerce!"

Dropbox is working with Apple to resolve the situation, according to a report on CNet.

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