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Will You Help Save Amphetamine?
Amphetamine is a free app that helps keep your Mac awake. Amphetamine has been on the Mac App Store since 2014 and it’s been downloaded over 432,800 times. It currently has over 1,400 reviews and a 4.8 out of 5.0 rating in the US Mac App Store.
Why Does Amphetamine Need Saving?
On December 29th, 2020, a representative from Apple contacted and informed me that, after 6 years on the Mac App Store, Amphetamine had spontaneously began violating one of Apple's App Store Guidelines.
Apple then proceeded to threaten to remove Amphetamine from the Mac App Store on January 12th, 2021 if changes to the app were not made. It is my belief that Amphetamine is not in violation of any of Apple's Guidelines. It is also my belief that there are a lot of people out there who feel the same way as me, and want to see Amphetamine.app continue to flourish without a complete re-branding.
What Guideline Has Apple Accused Amphetamine of Violating?
Apple has accused Amphetamine of violating the following guideline:
1.4.3 Apps that encourage consumption of tobacco and vape products, illegal drugs, or excessive amounts of alcohol are not permitted on the App Store. Apps that encourage minors to consume any of these substances will be rejected. Facilitating the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances (except for licensed pharmacies) isn’t allowed.
Apple further specified:
“Your app appears to promote inappropriate use of controlled substances. Specifically, your app name and icon include references to controlled substances, pills.”
How Can I Help?
Spread the word! Use word-of-mouth or social media platforms to let Apple know that you want to see Amphetamine.app continue to exist on the Mac App Store. Apple has threatened to remove Amphetamine from the Mac App Store on January 12th, 2021 if Apple's demands are not met.
What Happens Next?
I have filed an appeal/challenge to the Guidelines violation accusation directly with Apple. I do not personally have much faith in Apple reversing course based on the appeal alone, however. Hopefully, Apple will hear the voices of the Mac community and reconsider their decision.
Should Apple refuse to reverse their decision, and thus remove Amphetamine from the Mac App Store, I will likely do one of the following:
- Immediately begin work on rebranding Amphetamine and hopefully, get the newly-named app back on the Mac App Store
- Continue raise awareness of Apple's actions and essentially wait for Apple to reinstate Amphetamine on the Mac App Store
What Arguments Can Be Made for Keeping Amphetamine in the Mac App Store?
Please visit the SaveAmphetamine GitHub page to see the 5 arguments against removing Amphetamine from the Mac App Store.
Thank you again for helping save Amphetamine. It's people like you who made Amphetamine the app it is today. Amphetamine's popularity happened organically. I have never really done any advertising or marketing for Amphetamine beyond word-of-mouth, and the occasional post on Reddit or Twitter.
If you have any questions, you can find me on Twitter. ❤️
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