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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