Apple has barred a magazine app from the App Store online software market apparently on the grounds that it carries news and features about Google’s rival smartphone platform Android.
Danish publisher Mediaprovider’s Android Magasinet title landed on newsstands in its native market last month, covering OS updates, apps and all things related to Android.
However, company owner Brian Dixen’s plans to bring out an accompanying app on the iPhone have seemingly been stymied by Apple’s notoriously censorious approach to the wares on sale in its market, as well as its protectionist stance when it comes to competitors' mobile phone platforms.
Typically, the company hasn’t said that in so many words, but Dixen is adamant that this is at the root of the app’s rejection and questioned how Apple can defend what looks increasingly like censorship of the App Store.
He told Media Watch: “It’s funny really because I don’t think we would sell many magazines on Android through [the] Apple App Store.
“But the question is where this is going.”
In news that will surprise almost no-one, other Mediaprovider apps, including the Apple-focussed iPhone Magasinet, were granted approval by the Cupertino-based tech giant’s gatekeepers sans problems.