AppShopper returns to Apple's App Store after 4-month exile

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Four months after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) removed the popular AppShopper price tracker tool from its App Store, the application is once again available for download from the digital marketplace, this time with a focus on social discovery.

In its previous incarnation, AppShopper kept iOS device owners up to date on App Store promotions and discounts, complete with ratings and reviews--users also could build customized wish lists, receiving automatic notifications in the event of a sale or update. Apple booted the app in mid-December 2012, stating AppShopper ran afoul of clause 2.25 of Apple's iOS developer guidelines, which reads "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."

The overhauled AppShopper Social eliminates previous AppShopper fixtures like What's New and Top 200, instead letting consumers share their app interests with friends, see which apps their contacts are tracking and access reviews from sources including TouchArcade.com and 148Apps.com. AppShopper Social users may still build iOS app wish lists, receiving notifications of price changes or updates via push alerts or email.

"This is [a] 1.0 release. We have many features to add, but wanted to get something out to our users as quickly as we could," states AppShopper Social's App Store seller page. "iPad support also in the works."

The Next Web reports AppShopper creator Arnold Kim made several unsuccessful attempts to revise original app to meet Apple guidelines before embracing the social discovery model, which does not duplicate existing App Store functionality. AppShopper Social's approval suggests other banned iOS apps could return to the App Store provided they too adhere to Apple's rulebook and offer features that complement--but do not cannibalize--existing App Store components.

Earlier this month, the App Store booted App Gratis, which spotlights premium applications offered for free or at heavily discounted prices and promotes "freemium giveaways" like free in-app purchases and level unlocks. Apple later explained the app violated iOS developer clause 2.25 as well as clause 4.6, which says "Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any kind." AppGratis is now building an HTML5-based web application to continue its service free from Apple's restrictions.

For more:
- read this Next Web article
- read this Pocket Gamer article

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