Having infringed on Apple’s in-app purchasing policies with its software development kit (SDK), file-syncing company Dropbox has amended its developer tools to clear the way for third-party apps to be approved again on the App Store.
Having originally been rejected for inclusion in Apple’s App Store, Dropbox-centric camera app Cambox was today approved by Apple, signifying that Dropbox’s amended SDK has appeased Apple’s App Store approval teams.
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Cambox and other apps had originally fallen foul of a rule that states: “Apps that link to external mechanisms for purchases or subscriptions to be used in the app, such as a ‘buy’ button that goes to a web site to purchase a digital book, will be rejected.”
Reading reports of app rejections, Dropbox immediately announced that it was working with Apple to provide a way for developers to utilise its SDK and bypass rejection issues.
Just over 24 hours ago, Dropbox employees posted up their latest release of the SDK — one that was “more likely to get approved than the previous builds” — and it seemed to do the trick. The amended SDK stripped out calls to the sign-up page and purchasing links, as shown in the screenshots below:
The login screen is completely encased within the app, providing no ‘Create Account’ or ‘Desktop Version’ links that had previously encroached on Apple’s policies.
Other third-party developers are still contacting Dropbox with specific SDK issues but the current Dropbox developer SDK is likely doing what is asked of it, allowing Dropbox-connected apps such as Cambox back on the App Store.
The app itself is a slick, fast camera application that will automatically sync photos to your Dropbox account, also saving them to your Camera Roll (should you wish). You can download it here.