Has Apple easily ignored this alternative App Store?

Last week, Apple created the controversy by disabling certificates " company " from Google (for 4H) and Facebook (24H) after finding the violation of certain rules to implement their applications.

this one " punishment " unprecedented on the one hand certain customers reassured (no box has immunity), but also created the controversy between developers " If it had been us, we would have closed our account illico! " one of them told us that he clearly wanted to remain anonymous. At the same time, we condemned the fact that the practice was not really new. this one " double standards " is quite classic in B2B, Google is Apple's ally in some areas (default search engine in iOS / macOS)Facebook is also a premium iOS app with hundreds of millions of daily users. In short, there is no question of blocking two trucks from the App Store, the punishment " for the example " seemed necessary.

But for some, the Apple parallel walking other practices left much more seriously. Behind the scenes, they complained about the good health of the so-called alternative App Store, mainly in China, where their applications are happily hacked and distributed, ignoring all validation rules. A company certificate makes it possible to easily match stores to Apple's, as long as Cupertino does not deactivate the business certificate. More seriously, some even use a special profile and a VNP, only to spy on devices in peace.

Bring these practices back to the center of attention, TechCrunch seems to have closed stores who offered pornographic or gambling apps, but many are still in business and notorious.

Developers who abuse our company certificates violate the Apple Developer Enterprise Program Agreement and will have their certificates terminated and, if so, completely removed from our Developer Program. We continually evaluate cases of abuse and are ready to take immediate action.

Yet one question disturbs us all: how have so many stores remained under the radar for so long? Some have existed for many years and developers – victims of hacking their apps told us that they have warned Apple several times, without any response. " Apple will certainly do that because it can probably help sell the iPhone in China " we slipped into the ear, an acceptable hypothesis in a country where piracy is still very present. Of course, after such revelations, it is difficult for Cupertino to close his eyes indefinitely for his badly used certificates, in the hope that the (relative) flexibility given to boxes with more respect for the conditions of use is not considered to be subordinate victims of this case.

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