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Apple continues Chinese App Store sweep, removes over 700 apps for incorrect updates



Apple continues its oppression on the App Store in China this week. Citing Local Reports, Telegraph today highlights that Apple has removed over 700 apps from the Chinese App Store this week – some of the apps that come from major developers.

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The apps in the question have been removed to create Apple's requirements for the app to be updated through the App Store. In such cases, developers pushed software updates to their applications without going through the correct App Store mechanism.

Affected apps include such as Sogou, a Chinese alternative to Google, as well as Pinduodo, a popular online retailer. It is unclear how, or if Apple will go about allowing these programs back in the App Store.

On a wider scale, Apple warned developers of its app update guidelines outside the App Store last year. It is unclear why this week's degradation focuses exclusively on the Chinese App Store, although it is likely that such procedures were far more common there to begin with.

This is certainly not the first time Apple has been forced to clean up the App Store, especially in China. Previously, such sweep in the Chinese App Store has been due to the government's regulations. For example, Apple removed VPN applications in the country last year to comply with local laws.

Earlier this year, China appealed to Apple not to regulate content such as pornography, gambling and counterfeit goods. These claims, but largely related to iMessage spam instead of the App Store.


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