Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines to clarify how app developers can use its new features launched alongside iOS 14.
The update of the operating system has seen Apple announce tools like Widgets and App Clips.
Widgets, for example, can be used to add useful information about an app’s functionalities. This is useful for apps that publish up-to-date information such as weather reports or booked appointment reminders.
The Widgets can be created in different formats.
App Clips, on the other hand, allow potential users to test an app before they commit to downloading it or purchasing a subscription.
The try-before-you-buy scheme works with Apple Pay.
The latest App Store guidelines ensure that neither Widgets nor Clips can contain adverts or material that could point to third-party apps.
In other words, the app they point to needs to be the main app.
But developers can created free standalone apps alongside their paid services, as long as services are still purchased via Apple’s in-app method.
While one-to-one personal purchases (e.g. tutoring) can use any payment system, multi purchases must use Apple’s IAPs.
Game streaming is allowed by Apple writes:
“Each streaming game must be submitted to the App Store as an individual app so that it has an App Store product page, appears in charts and search, has user ratings and review, can be managed with ScreenTime and other parental control apps, appears on the user’s device, etc.”
Overall, the additions ensure that Apple services can’t be abused by developers for a smooth user experience.