Not everyone can play in Apple's sandbox

This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Mark Munz's name and to clarify that the restrictions, as Munz and several readers have pointed out, apply to the Mac App Store, not the iOS App Store, which has generally been referred to as the App Store.

Software developers could have a more difficult time getting approval for mobile apps because of new restrictions announced by Apple, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Apple said the week of Feb. 6 that it would introduce a new process called sandboxing for its Mac App Store that would restrict certain apps' access to parts of its operating system and hardware. That means developers would have to get permission from Apple before submitting their apps for sale in the Mac App Store if they want them to be able to access the Internet or sync with other apps, for example.

Mobile providers frequently use sandboxing to prevent their systems and devices from being compromised. But some app developers are expressing concern about the extra hoops the new rules will require them to jump through.

TextSoap developer Mark Munz had to remove some features from his app that allowed integration with other programs. That required him to find a workaround with a helper app, which is under development and will be available from his company's site, Unmarked Software.

That was a lot of extra work just to restore the app's original functionality. "It sort of defeats the purpose of what sandboxing is about," Munz said.

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Reader Comments

Mon, Feb 13, 2012

The bottom line, is Apple, wants gold not oranges cause it needs to compete with Windows to keep operating. They sure do not want Windows to be able to intergrate with any of the apps that apple puts out cause then you would not need there iPads or phone to use those apps. Bottom line is mula (money).

Mon, Feb 13, 2012

kubricklove is right. This is a new feature of the Mac App Store and not the iOS store (which has always required sandboxing). In fact the first sentence of the Wall Street Journal article expalins that Apple is bringing iOS restrictions to the Mac OS App Store.

Sat, Feb 11, 2012 gprovida

This model, control, security, and business, is essentially coming to Windows 8. This adoption is both following Apple's success in the MacOS market as well enhancing Windows security. So this presuages a changed future for the Gov't who are completely dependent and dominated by Windows. I wonder if anyone in the Gov't IT world and DOD, et al application procurement started to really thing about it. It puts an interesting spin on Netcentric, integrated, and Cloud whose consequences are being forecast by Apple.

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 kubricklove

I could be wrong but I believe this news is related to the Mac App Store, and not the App Store. My understanding is that iOS Apps have always been sandboxed, where Mac applications are not. Furthermore, TextSoap is a Mac OS X application, not an iOS App (although TextSoap Express is an iOS App). I'm pretty sure both the tone and content of this post is inaccurate, but like I said, I could be wrong.

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