Basecamp founders’ e-mail service Hey is in one other feud with Apple, this time over the rejection of its new calendar app from the App Retailer. Apple’s reasoning is just like when the Cupertino-based tech big rejected Hey’s e-mail app 4 years in the past: Non-paying customers cannot use the app as soon as they obtain it. Moreover, new customers can’t check in by way of Hey’s calendar app.
Final week, Basecamp launched an built-in calendar service along with Hey, together with a brand new standalone app for it. On Saturday, Hey co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson posted on X that Apple has rejected Hey’s standalone calendar app.
Apple wants apps that permit customers to enroll in the service and probably pay for the subscription if essential. If customers pay by means of in-app purchases, Apple will get a 30% lower (or much less in some circumstances). These guidelines permit some apps, similar to Netflix, Kindle, and Spotify, to let customers create accounts exterior the app.
In 2020, Apple first rejected Hey’s e-mail app as a result of customers could not join the service by means of the app. So each corporations got here to a compromise the place customers may obtain and use Hey with any e-mail tackle. To improve, they needed to pay for the service by way of the browser.
In a weblog put up, Hansson argues that a number of apps, similar to Google Calendar and Netflix, are logins for which individuals exterior Apple’s ecosystem pay for the service. Moreover, he says Apple makes use of a single iCloud ID to supply a subscription to a variety of apps. So Hey’s calendar app ought to be allowed on the App Retailer.
“So what is going on to occur? I do not know, however I do know that we’ll maintain combating. We’re by no means going to change and pay Apple a 30% safety charge to be left alone. We discovered a manner final time, and we’ll do it once more,” he stated.
Apple didn’t instantly touch upon the story.