We have no paid updates on the App Store. By Apple’s design. We are even not allowed to tell people that there is a demo version available in the description or the app gets rejected. If we try to find solutions for many shortcomings of the Mac App Store we end app with crap like this.
For one (of my own apps) it is ok to read out old data from the old version – its called an upgrade – and to keep up compatibility with the demo and the non-MAS version and the other gets rejected.
I don’t have a problem with sandboxing in general. I think it is a good idea and wherever possible, I even do this for non-MAS apps.
My actions here do not harm the users, the exceptions are completely limited to what is appropriate and again, other apps passed the review this way just fine.
This is complete and utter bullshit, once again. And the list of this crap is long, so long.
And to be honest, I don’t care anymore!
If Bill 2 can’t pass the review this way, I will not show up on the Mac App Store. End of Story! 40 percent more money for me, better features for the users in the next version, and most importantly: faster updates and better support for everyone.
If that’s what you want Apple, you can have it!
You can clearly live without Bare Bones, Panic, and all the others. You can most certainly live without me small(er) number.
But guess what? We did just fine without you for decades and we can do it again!