Apple axes Google access to key developer tool

Apple axes Google access to key developer tool

Apple axes Google access to key developer tool

Warning Facebook, Apple said in a statement that "any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked".

"Apple's view is that we violated their terms by sideloading this app, and they decide the rules for their platform, We've worked with Apple to address any issues; as a result, our internal apps are back up and running", the memo reads. "To be clear, this didn't have an impact on our consumer-facing services".

Both tech giants have now had their certificates restored, allowing access to their internal iOS apps.

Facebook spokesman Andy Stone did not immediately respond to other questions.

Apple is declaring a void to the access of Facebook on Wednesday.

Both news outlets reported some Facebook employees blamed Apple for the snafu and thought of the suspension as an act of retaliation in the companies' ongoing feud. Other apps blocked include a transportation app for Google employees called Gbus, and an app for Google's internal cafe.

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On Tuesday it became known that Google was doing something similar with its own app, Screenwise. While Facebook is the world's biggest social network, Apple controls the distribution of apps - including Facebook's - on its phones.

Late Thursday, first Facebook, then Google confirmed that their certificates were being restored, returning their employees' ability to test apps and see what was on the campus lunch menu. The app tracked the mobile phone usage habits of those partaking in Facebook's program. With the two apps handling in the same way, it stands to reason, and even expect, that Screenwise Meter is going to get axed from the App Store in short order.

Facebook threatened Research app users with legal action for publicly discussing the VPN, I've learned, yet it claims there was "nothing secret about it".

Google and Facebook were caught earlier this week using Apple's Enterprise Developer Program in a way that Apple said was a "clear breach of their agreement with Apple".

"There was nothing "secret" about this; it was literally called the Facebook Research App", Arielle Argyres, a Facebook spokeswoman, said in a statement. Though the app was opt-in, Facebook garnered criticism by opening the app to users as young as 13 (with parental permission) and requiring root access to an iOS device as a way to unlock encrypted data.

What Apple has revealed is that not only is the iPhone a hard to access platform, it is also one Apple can remove at the drop of a hat, making it a truly unreliable platform to base line-of-business apps on.

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