The popular Mac app “Amphetamine” will remain on the Mac App Store after allegedly being threatened with removal due to name and branding, something Apple had said violated the App Store guidelines.
Amphetamine is a free Mac app that helps users keep their computer awake for a certain amount of time. The app was launched in 2014 and has been downloaded over 432,000 times and is highly ranked in the acMac App Store. The app has also been featured by MacRumors in the past. After six years in the AppMac App Store, Apple suddenly decided that Amphetamine had broken the guidelines for the App Store.
The developer of amphetamine, William Gustafson, posted a comprehensive report on GitHub a few days ago, explaining that an Apple representative contacted him and said that amphetamine would be removed from the AppMac App Store on January 12, 2021, if a number of changes were not made. made for the app. The representative indicated that amphetamine violated the following requirements:
Apps that encourage the consumption of tobacco and steam products, illegal substances or large amounts of alcohol are not allowed in the permittedApp Store. Apps that encourage minors to consume some of these drugs will be rejected. It is not permitted to facilitate the sale of marijuana, tobacco or controlled substances (with the exception of licensed pharmacies).
The Apple representative allegedly said “Your app seems to promote inappropriate use of controlled substances. In particular, the app name and icon include references to controlled substances, pills.”
Gustafson claimed that amphetamine does not promote the use of illegal drugs because amphetamine is a legal prescription drug in the United States. He also noted that “objectively speaking” does not encourage amphetamine to be taken “irresponsibly, illegally or recreationally”.
Just as amphetamine (the organic compound) can be used legally to keep people awake and alert, Amphetamine (the app) can be used legally to keep Mac awake.
Gustafson filed an appeal and filed a Change.org petition that has garnered over 500 signatures in an effort to combat the claim against the app. And recently he announced on Twitter that he had finished a phone conversation with the App Review Board and that Amphetamine will remain in the Mac App Store.
Just got off a conversation with @Apple. Appeal accepted and amphetamine remains on @AppStore. Thank you all for comments, opinions and action. We may not all agree, but I’m glad we still have the freedom to express ourselves today. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/PV7eB9aUfn – William C. Gustafson (@ x74353) January 2, 2021
Amphetamine has been promoted directly by Apple in a Mac App Store Story and has collected over 1400 reviews on the acMac App Store, so it seems strange that the app was only asked to change branding now. Gustafson further said that he has had countless interactions with Apple and its App Review Team regarding amphetamines, but the problem was never raised before, so it is unclear what triggered the problem.