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Apple is rejecting applications that use Dropbox, an online storage system, because it violates rules against sending users to a new purchase, according to a support thread on Dropbox.If the user of the new app doesn’t have Dropbox installed, it redirects the user to the web-based version of Dropbox — which includes a link that could send users to a part of the site for buying additional space.
One forum poster has a response from Apple, which includes the specific violation:
11.13 Apps that link to external mechanisms for purchases or subscriptions to be used in the app, such as a “buy” button that goes to a web site to purchase a digital book, will be rejected.
We found that your app provides access to external mechanisms for purchases or subscriptions to be used in the app, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.
Specifically, your app provides an external link to Safari to create a Dropbox account. Please see the attached screenshot for details
Dropbox quickly posted a new software development kit for app developers.
As a reminder, Apple tried to buy Dropbox at one point, but founder Drew Houston turned the deal down.