App Store — rejected my simple Appfigures client

Edit: 2 days later, the appeal worked. More here.

I’ve always wanted to build a desktop app that would let me access my most important data quickly. Like those old dashboard widgets used to.

I finally got around to it, and started with Appfigures, my favorite service to track App Store sales. I wanted to ship something to users, so I built my first iteration in 26 days of weekends and evenings:

Sometimes I just have a quick question for my data, and this lets me get an answer in the matter of seconds. It’s very limited now, but I have a lot of ideas for improvement. (I’ve tried building this idea before. That failed, and I keep coming back to it.)

Unfortunately, App Store Review team didn’t agree:

We noticed that your app offers a subscription with a mechanism other than the in-app purchase API.

Can anyone explain to me, how did they let the official Appfigures app into the App Store? It’s the same thing, and I’m pretty sure they don’t have IAPs. It’s just a dumb viewer of the data.

There are countless apps that use 3rd party data, even if a subscription is needed. This doesn’t make any sense.

Worst part — there’s nothing I can do. I have no idea how to fix this, except for finding a brand new project to work on.

Is there anyone who has experience with a situation like this? I would appreciate a ton any tip how to proceed. Please let me know in the comments, on Twitter or via email. (vojto at rinik dot net)

I’m not a big company, I’m not a big name, and it seems Apple couldn’t care less about people like me. But every success story started like this. I wish Apple would help us, instead of sabotaging all good efforts.

If you’re iOS developer, please feel free to Tweet this. I’m too irrelevant for anybody to notice, but with your help, there’s a chance…

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