Apple has made changes to revised app store guidelines that threatened to block a wide range of small business apps created with templates, DIY tools, and SMB app platforms.
The guidelines were originally revised earlier this year to ensure a minimum standard of quality and uniqueness for apps accepted to the App Store, and to make sure that they are not simply “wrapped” websites or social media pages. The revisions were also intended to limit spam in the App Store. A number of developers and app-creation companies catering to SMBs and non-profit organizations that had thought they would be unaffected by the changes, however, were recently informed that their apps would be banned as of January 1.
App store review guideline 4.2.6 previously said: “Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected.”
The rule has now been amended to read: “Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app’s content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences. Another acceptable option for template providers is to create a single binary to host all client content in an aggregated or “picker” model, for example as a restaurant finder app with separate customized entries or pages for each client restaurant,


New Apple App Store guidelines state that apps created from “commercialized template or app generation services” will be rejected from inclusion in the App Store as of Jan. 1, 2018.
According to a report by TechCrunch, template and DIY services, as well as platforms and developers serving the SMB and non-profit markets, will be impacted by the new guidelines.┬áThe guidelines, which seem to be broader than many developers realized, were released by Apple after its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, banning apps “created from commercialized template or app generation service.”
ChowNow, which is quoted in Apple Pay documentation regarding its integration into the company’s platform for making restaurant apps is affected, and the company’s CEO told TechCrunch it was shocked to be categorized as spam.
Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) has asked Apple to reconsider its guidelines 4.2.6, relating to template-based apps, and 4.3, relating to duplicate content, in a letter dated Dec. 1.
“Recently, I was informed that Apple’s decision to more stringently enforce its policy guidelines regarding design and functionality may result in the wholesale rejection of template-based apps from the App Store,” wrote Lieu (per TechCrunch). “It is my understanding that many small businesses, research organizations, and religious institutions rely on template apps when they do not possess the resources to develop apps in-house.”
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(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Website building service ( announced on Thursday that it has integrated its mobile site app in its site builder.

Originally part of its App Store, the Webs mobile application is now fully integrated into the site builder. The mobile site in “maintenance free,” says, because it automatically synchs with the primary website.

The mobile site is customizable through its Mobile Website Administration Panel and administrators can choose a different template, color and image for the logo.


( - Penpower Inc. is pleased to announce the release of their award-winning mobile application is now available for Android devices. WorldCard Mobile, the leading business card scanning application, is ready for download in the Android Market.

“The Android Market is growing and expanding at a competitive rate with Apple’s App Store. Penpower realizes this and is taking the initiative to offer a superior application to business users on Android devices,” Dr. Tsay, CEO of Penpower Inc.

WorldCard Mobile uses state-of-the-art OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology to instantly transfer information from business cards to the user’s native contacts (phone & Google contacts). With a simple click of the camera, users no longer have to manually input contact info from business cards.

The app works simple enough. Use the Android smartphone’s built-in camera to capture a business card’s image anytime, anywhere. WorldCard Mobile’s OCR recognizes and supports multiple languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch, to sort out the contact info by name, title, company, phone, fax, address, email, etc.

Once contact information is added, users can make phone calls, send text, email, Google map addresses and view websites all from within the application. WorldCard Mobile takes contact management one-step further by allowing contact info to be exported to the phone or user’s Google contacts.

The iOS version of WorldCard Mobile has received numerous awards and accolades from the mobile tech industry, including winning the 2010 MOBI award for Best Mobile App OCR and the 2010 Emerging Technology Award in Mobile Applications: Business Productivity category from CTIA.

WorldCard Mobile is available for $5.99 in the Android Market and Apple App Store. Penpower Inc. has also released a Chinese version of WorldCard Mobile onto the Android Market with Japanese and Korean versions launching soon. Users must have Android OS 2.1 /2.2 with a 2-megapixel camera or better with an automatic focus function. The WorldCard Mobile system has been available for Windows Mobile and Symbian since 2007 and has over a million users worldwide.

About Penpower Technology

Penpower Technology is a world leader and pioneer in providing integrated solutions for Intelligent Human Computer Interface Technologies. The company is now developing integrated human machine interface solutions based on “TTS, OCR, Speech, Handwriting and Biometrics.” Founded in 1991, Penpower has focused on developing business productivity software, Asian language-based software, and mobile electronics. Through a human-centric philosophy and continued innovations in multi-processor, multi-platform and multi-language recognition systems, Penpower is the leading provider of information technology, innovations, solutions and professional service dedicated to realizing perfect communications between man and technology.

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