Clarification
February 22nd, 2011
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TinyGrab for iPhone

Yesterday I wrote on TinyGrab’s awkward position with the Apple iOS and Mac App Stores. It turned out to be a blog post which fell under a lot of scrutiny and attracted a lot of attention, something I actually hadn’t expected. In between now and then a lot has happened, including Steve Jobs making a clarifying statement on in app subscriptions.

To reemphasise my points from yesterday we have never had a problem with Apple wanting a cut of any sales that they help solicit. It’s completely fair enough that Apple should want and receive revenue for hosting our app and making the payment magic on their end. The issue that we had was that Apple didn’t make it possible for us to use their new In App Purchasing Subscription service to actually facilitate this and make it happen. When a user subscribes in an app, through an IAP, you’re blind. You’re not given any information on the user whatsoever and to try and solicit it from them also breaks another rule; it was an incredibly grey area and after talking with Apple directly things just weren’t any clearer at all. We need this information to tie a subscription to a TinyGrab account. We need to know which user has subscribed to TinyGrab in order to deliver their purchase to them, something that is not seemingly possible with the current system.

All of this was the case until MacRumours published an email from Steve Jobs this morning. The email simply stated that the new subscription rules applied only to apps which sold content; in other words newspapers, music apps, video sites etc. This clarification from above is certainly welcomed in open arms, but when I published my post yesterday it was an incredibly grey area and there wasn’t any clarification. When we had talked to Apple they weren’t able to shed any light on the topic and informed us of our almost certain rejection. Their reasoning for the TinyGrab app remaining in the store in its current form is because the current version was uploaded before the new terms came into effect. Steve’s email is the very first kind of clarification that we’ve had on the kind of apps that have to abide by the new terms. It appears as though Software As A Service has just been given the all clear. I had reached out to Apple again before publishing my post yesterday, but no clarification was given, just a link to Apple’s guidelines for app submission.

As I stated yesterday, if Apple’s terms prevented us from actually submitting our iPhone app to the iOS store we would simply stop officially developing and supporting it. Luckily for lots of TinyGrab users and fans it appears as though this won’t be the case. With Steve Jobs’ clarification on subscription terms and SaaS behind us, we will continue to develop the current version of TinyGrab for iPhone that we’re working on and attempt to get it into the iOS store.

TinyGrab is all about simple and social screenshot sharing. You can sign up for a free account today at TinyGrab.com and start sharing your grabs with the world in seconds. TinyGrab 2.0 development continues and we aim to have a stable early general release for Mac OS X users later on this week. Windows and iPhone users can download and sign up for a TinyGrab 2.0 Beta account at http://beta.tinygrab.com

Chris Leydon
TinyGrab Founder & Project Manager

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3 Responses to “Clarification”

  1. RobotGrrl Says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    All we are saying, is give peace a chance! :)

  2. Brackin Says:
    February 22nd, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    woot

  3. Tor Says:
    February 23rd, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    How has eg. Evernote done it? There isn’t any IAP (for the moment) for Mac Apps AFAIK. They have a premium account. There hasn’t been any problem delivering apps (on iOS) that require the creation of an web account?