SeaNav US posted in the Pebble developer forums, stating that their recent iOS update was declined. The reason? Support for Pebble smartwatches in the app.
- 3.1 – Apps or metadata that mentions the name of any other mobile platform will be rejected3.1 Details
We noticed that your app or its metadata contains irrelevant platform information in the app. Providing future platform compatibility plans, or other platform references, is not appropriate for the App Store.
Specifically, your app and app description declare support for thePebble Smartwatch.
Please remove any instances of this information from your app and its marketing materials, including the Application Description, What’s New info, Previews and screenshots.
Since your iTunes Connect Application State is Rejected, a new binary will be required. Make the desired metadata changes when you upload the new binary.
NOTE: Please be sure to make any metadata changes to all App Localizations by selecting each specific localization and making appropriate changes.
With the Apple Watch coming out, Apple apparently is now banning iOS apps that have Pebble support. While I don’t own a Pebble Smartwatch, I do know several people that do, with iPhones. Simply put, this is an apalling move of Apple; Pebble has to be concerned about supporting iOS now.
Apple has backtracked on this issue, now claiming it ‘accidentally rejected’ apps with Pebble support. In any case, iOS users with Pebble watches can relax, for now.
Still a work-in-progress, but we’re working with Apple to clear up any misunderstandings to make sure rejections like the handful of recent ones don’t happen again—they’re being super responsive the concerns that bubbled up (much appreciated!). Apps are still getting approved with mentions of Pebble support in the description or metadata (e.g. RunKeeper). For now, developers should continue with their iOS app update plans and approval submissions to the iTunes store as normal (i.e. include Pebble support in your app info if that was your original intent).