Monday, June 26, 2023

Transfer Toolbox Rejected From the Mac App Store

LateNite Films:

Transfer Toolbox allows you to convert Final Cut Pro (for Mac) Libraries into Final Cut Pro (for iPad) Projects!

LateNite Films:

Apple approved Transfer Toolbox v1.0.0 on 26th May 2023 at 08:57, but then claimed “Developer Removed from Sale” at 10:06 (which we didn’t).


As far as we can determine, Transfer Toolbox doesn’t actually break this guideline.

We took advantage of the App Review Board, and their Unfair Treatment appeal option, however, it was determined that we’re still breaking Guideline 2.5.1.


The rejection of Transfer Toolbox appears to hinge on potential issues that Final Cut Pro for iPad users might encounter when importing libraries from the Mac version of the software. However, if such a situation arises, it would likely be an issue with Final Cut Pro for iPad rather than a fault of Transfer Toolbox. Our app is a simple tool that performs no more than what a user can manually do themselves. It merely moves a folder into another folder, using only public APIs and without any use of undocumented or private APIs.

The guidelines don’t matter if Apple doesn’t want your app to exist.


Update (2023-06-27): Anders Borum:

They do this on iOS as well where it is much worse because there is no alternative to being in the iOS App Store.

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