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Apple allows third-party email app, contradicts its own App Store policies

November 22nd, 2008 at 8:38 AM

If this news doesn’t rile up some jilted developers, we don’t know what will. In the past, Apple had been very strict about apps that duplicate functionality of native apps already found on the iPhone. Several developers were denied their applications and then were pretty much told to keep quiet about everything. Now, it seems as though one has slipped underneath Apple’s powerful radar with BdEmailer. The related press release states that BdEmailer is “the first wide email iPhone app that supports client SMTP.” Great. An extra email app is no biggie except for the fact that it duplicates the iPhone’s email client (and the iPod, too). Whether this was a slip up and it ends up getting pulled remains to be seen but maybe Apple is just saying, screw it, let’s just make it happen. If the folks in Cupertino are begin to lighten up, it could be good news for developers who have been having trouble getting their apps approved – just don’t count on it.

[Via Engadget]

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