Apple’s recent crackdown on adult iPhone apps caused controversy, but a new clampdown on so-called ‘cookie-cutter’ apps could be more worrying for artists. According to TechCrunch, Apple is starting to reject apps made with template-based DIY services if they’re little more than “RSS feeds or glorified business cards”. One of the affected services, Appmakr, says it’s adding features like in-app purchases, push notifications and offline access. “Apps that are too simple or largely indistinguishable from the Web, other apps or particularly other apps on other platforms send the message to end users that the iPhone app ecosystem might not be particularly special,” explains Medialets CEO Eric Litman. Bands signing up for DIY platforms should ask about this issue for sure.

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