Calendar app disapproval revives Apple vs Hey conflict

Calendar service was launched last week by Basecamp and Hey alongside a standalone app
An undated image displays the logo of Hey. — Hey
An undated image displays the logo of Hey. — Hey

Tech giant Apple has once again put down Hey, a calendar app, from its App Store shelf, rekindling the dispute it grappled with in 2020 with Hey.

The iPhone maker has purportedly dislodged the calendar app from the App Store because it doesn’t allow users to make in-app purchases.

Apple makes it mandatory for apps to enable users to register for their services and, if necessary, make subscription payments. If users choose to make payments via in-app purchases, Apple takes a 30% cut, although, in certain instances, the percentage may be lower, as reported by Tech Crunch.

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The reason for taking on the app is identical to the one Apple gave four years back when, for the first time, it rejected Hey’s email app. But there’s an additional factor for the Cupertino-based tech giant to decline the app: Users are unable to make an in-app signup.

Besides a standalone app, the calendar service was launched last week by Basecamp and Hey.

Taking to his official account on X (formerly Twitter), David Heinemeier Hansson, Hey’s co-founder, announced that the app of the calendar service has been rejected by Apple.

Consequently, some apps like Netflix, Kindle, and Spotify are permitted to facilitate user account creation outside of the app, in adherence to these guidelines.

In a blog post, Hansson claims that numerous apps, including Google Calendar and Netflix, utilise login gating, where users pay for the service outside of Apple's ecosystem.

Asserts that Apple employs a single iCloud ID to grant a subscription to a collection of apps, he demands that Hey's calendar app be restored on the App Store.