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September 03, 2014

Introducing Previews, Flagging, Privacy Policy, Extensions, HomeKit, Healtkit and TestFlight

Together with the iOS 8 release Apple updated the App Store Review Guidelines with new sections on Extensions, HomeKit, HealtKit and Testflight. Some rules on the new app previews (videos) were also introduce along with a requirement to have a privacy policy and a flagging feature if the app has user generated content.

2. Functionality

  • 2.9

    Apps that are "beta", "demo", "trial", or "test" versions will be rejected. Beta Apps may only be submitted through TestFlight and must follow the TestFlight guidelines

  • 2.25

    Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected, unless designed for a specific approved need (e.g. health management, aviation, accessibility, etc.) or which provide significant added value for a specific group of customers

3. Metadata (name, descriptions, ratings, rankings, etc.)

  • 3.3

    Apps with names, descriptions, or screenshots , or previews not relevant to the content and functionality of the App will be rejected

  • 3.6

    Apps with App icons, screenshots, and previews that do not adhere to the 4+ age rating will be rejected

  • 3.13

    Apps with screenshots, previews, and marketing text that do not clearly identify supplemental content or items that must be purchased separately (e.g. using IAP) will be rejected

  • 3.14

    App previews may only use video screen captures of the app, voice-overs, and textual and design overlays, or the app will be rejected

  • 3.15

    Apps with previews that display personal information of a real person without permission will be rejected/span>

  • 3.16

    App previews may only include music that is licensed for that purpose in all selected territories

  • 3.17

    App previews that include content played or streamed via the app (e.g. iTunes playlist, YouTube streaming video) that is not licensed for use in the preview will be rejected

14. Personal attacks

  • 14.3

    Apps that display user generated content must include a method for filtering objectionable material, a mechanism for users to flag offensive content, and the ability to block abusive users from the service

17. Privacy

  • 17.5

    Apps that include account registration or access a user’s existing account must include a privacy policy or they will be rejected

  • 22.10

    Apps that use iTunes music previews in an unauthorized manner will be rejected

25. Extensions

  • 25.1

    Apps hosting extensions must comply with the App Extension Programming Guide

  • 25.2

    Apps hosting extensions must provide some functionality (help screens, additional settings) or they will be rejected

  • 25.3

    Apps hosting extensions that include marketing, advertising, or in-app purchases in their extension view will be rejected

  • 25.4

    Keyboard extensions must provide a method for progressing to the next keyboard

  • 25.5

    Keyboard extensions must remain functional with no network access or they will be rejected

  • 25.6

    Keyboard extensions must provide Number and Decimal keyboard types as described in the App Extension Programming Guide or they will be rejected

  • 25.7

    Apps offering Keyboard extensions must have a primary category of Utilities and a privacy policy or they will be rejected

  • 25.8

    Apps offering Keyboard extensions may only collect user activity to enhance the functionality of their keyboard extension on the iOS device or they may be rejected

26. HomeKit

  • 26.1

    Apps using the HomeKit framework must have a primary purpose of providing home automation services

  • 26.2

    Apps using the HomeKit framework must indicate this usage in their marketing text and they must provide a privacy policy or they will be rejected

  • 26.3

    Apps must not use data gathered from the HomeKit APIs for advertising or other use-based data mining

  • 26.4

    Apps using data gathered from the HomeKit API for purposes other than improving the user experience or hardware/software performance in providing home automation functionality will be rejected

27. HealthKit

  • 27.1

    Apps using the HealthKit framework must comply with applicable law for each Territory in which the App is made available, as well as Sections 3.3.28 and 3.39 of the iOS Developer Program License Agreement

  • 27.2

    Apps that write false or inaccurate data into HealthKit will be rejected

  • 27.3

    Apps using the HealthKit framework that store users’ health information in iCloud will be rejected

  • 27.4

    Apps may not use user data gathered from the HealthKit API for advertising or other use-based data mining purposes other than improving health, medical, and fitness management, or for the purpose of medical research

  • 27.5

    Apps that share user data acquired via the HealthKit API with third parties without user consent will be rejected

  • 27.6

    Apps using the HealthKit framework must indicate integration with the Health app in their marketing text and must clearly identify the HealthKit functionality in the app’s user interface

  • 27.7

    Apps using the HealthKit framework must provide a privacy policy or they will be rejected

  • 27.8

    Apps that provide diagnoses, treatment advice, or control hardware designed to diagnose or treat medical conditions that do not provide written regulatory approval upon request will be rejected

28. TestFlight

  • 28.1

    Apps may only use TestFlight to beta test apps intended for public distribution and must comply with the full App Review Guidelines

  • 28.2

    Apps using TestFlight must be submitted for review whenever a build contains material changes to content or functionality

  • 28.3

    Apps using TestFlight may not be distributed to testers in exchange for compensation of any kind