Technology BlueMail is back in the App Store after it called out Apple

11:50  12 february  2020
11:50  12 february  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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After a beta period, BlueMail was published to the Mac App Store on May 8. Despite initially approving it , around two weeks later Apple reportedly Yet BlueMail was rejected again, with Apple citing the app duplicated content available on the App Store . After asking again for more clarity, a

After BlueMail was removed from the app store eight months ago, Blix filed a lawsuit against Apple that accused the hardware giant of infringing its patented “When we wrote to Apple ’s developer community, BlueMail was back on the App Store within a week,” said Dan Volach, co-founder at Blix.

BlueMail is back in the Apple App Store eight months after it was removed. If you'll recall, the email app's creators sued the tech giant last year after it launched the "Sign in with Apple" feature, which lets you sign into apps and websites with your Apple ID to protect your information. BlueMail's developer, Blix, claimed the feature violates its 2017 "Share Email" patent that its app uses. In addition, BlueMail disappeared from the App Store shortly after the "Sign in with Apple" feature was announced. Now, the app is available for download again, and Blix believes the development demonstrates "the effectiveness of public pressure."

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BlueMail for Mac will make you love email again. BlueMail is secure, fast, beautifully designed, powerful and easy to After 8 months of absence, BlueMail is finally back on the Mac App Store . After download is complete, the icon reverses to the cloud shape as if the app is immediately removed.

Back in October, the developers behind email app BlueMail sued Apple , alleging that the "Hide My Email" feature of "Sign in with In a nutshell, Apple found the app to be violating several App Store Review Guidelines, but the Volach brothers disagree and are now looking for other developers

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Last year, the developer wrote an open letter to Tim Cook, asking him to "treat small developers with fairness and empathy." And, on February 4th, Blix addressed the developer community in "a call for unity against the biggest tech." In its more recent letter, the company detailed the difficulties it faced in getting its app relisted, including being told that BlueMail couldn't be approved because it didn't work with macOS Catalina when it did, as well as being given contradictory guidance by different Apple teams.

Blix says when it submitted a new version of the app on February 6th, it was quickly approved. Even so, it has no intention of dropping its case against Apple. Blix co-founder Ben Volach said in a statement:

"We're happy that users can once again get BlueMail through the Mac App Store, but we know this isn't the end. Our experience has shown that until the app review process includes effecve checks and balances, Apple holds too much power over small developers. One solution could be to include external independent members and observers in Apple's App Review Board, just as a public company's Board of Directors represents its shareholders."


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Some are listed as remaining closed through Feb. 14.These include stores located in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Tianjin, as well as in Hong Kong. One store in Chonqing will open on Feb. 13, according to Apple's website, while another in Fujian will open Feb. 11.

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