Apple App Store clones are big business: Apple Cracks down

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Cloning an app – creating an app that looks or works like a legitimate app – is big business. When you scroll through the Apple or Android app stores, you’ll find things that look like Instagram, Snapchat, or Tinder but with a few odd tweaks. The resulting mess of Apple App Store clones forced Apple and Google to take these clones to task, shutting down many apps in the process.

In fact, Apple just got extremely rough with the cloners. Apple has updated its App Store rules to crack down on clones. The new guidelines state that apps that are similar to other apps already in the App Store will be rejected. This is a move to prevent developers from creating copycat apps that offer the same functionality as popular apps, but with a different name or design. The updated guidelines also state that apps that are created using templates or app generation services will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app creation service.

Apple App Store clones: History

Apple has been cracking down on clones for some time now. In 2017, the company removed over 200 apps that were clones of popular apps like Instagram and Snapchat. The company has also been removing apps that violate its guidelines on spam and misleading content. The new guidelines are a welcome change for developers who have been frustrated by the proliferation of copycat apps in the App Store.

Apple Apps

These apps not only make it harder for users to find the apps they are looking for, but they also create a poor user experience. The updated guidelines will also help to ensure that the App Store remains a safe and secure place for users to download apps. By preventing low-quality apps from being published, Apple is helping to protect users from malware and other security threats.

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 Overall, the updated guidelines are a positive step for the App Store and its users. They will help to ensure that the App Store remains a vibrant and diverse marketplace for apps, while also protecting users from low-quality and potentially harmful apps. In conclusion, Apple’s updated App Store rules are a welcome change for developers and users alike. By cracking down on clones and low-quality apps, Apple is helping to ensure that the App Store remains a safe and secure place for users to download apps. The updated guidelines will also help to create a better user experience by reducing the number of copycat apps in the App Store.

Why do people make clones?

Cloning an app on the Apple App Store refers to the act of creating a duplicate or similar version of an existing app. However, it’s important to note that cloning apps without proper authorization or legal permission is generally considered unethical and may infringe upon intellectual property rights. There can be situations where developers or individuals may consider creating similar apps, which could be categorized as “clones” or “replicas.” These situations might include:

1. Alternative Implementations: Sometimes, developers may create alternative implementations of an existing app to provide a different user experience or introduce additional features. This could involve creating a similar app with a different design or approach, targeting a specific niche or market segment.

2. Competitive Offerings: In some cases, developers may create similar apps to compete with an existing successful app. This could involve offering a similar set of features, but with potential improvements or unique selling points to attract users.

3. Localized Versions: Apps might be cloned or replicated for specific regions or languages. This could involve adapting an existing app to cater to a different market by providing localized content, language support, or region-specific functionality.

However, it’s crucial to respect intellectual property rights, including copyrights and trademarks, when developing apps. Cloning an app without the necessary permissions from the original app’s developer or owner is likely to violate legal and ethical standards.

Clones are problematic because they can, quite simply, confuse users. Most clones are harmless but many can end up being messy copies of already popular apps or, worse, malware. When you see a clone, don’t download it. Instead, consider reporting it and moving on to the real thing.

John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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