Subscription Rules Don't Apply To SaaS Apps, Says Apple CEO

Apple CEO Steve Jobs has declared that the new App Store Subscription model only applies to content publishers and not to Software as a Service (SaaS) apps.

A confused iOS developer emailed Jobs about the new App Store subscription model, asking him whether SaaS apps are also subject to the new App Store policies.

“I am concerned that most of these businesses will choose to not develop an iOS app for their customers if the IAP & subscription policy was in place,” the developer wrote.

In his typically short and mundane fashion, Jobs replied, “We created subscriptions for publishing apps, not SaaS apps.”

This means that iOS apps such as DropBox, SalesForce and Evernote, will not be affected by the new policies. If this is the case, then one can't help but wonder why Apple rejected the Readability app.

The Readability app allows users to ad-free and stripped down versions of web pages and content for better reading. The app is not is not a content publisher itself but offers a service, yet still it was rejected for not using the In App Payments system.

It seems that there may be many borderline cases, and Apple will need to put an end to these speculations by releasing a more formal clarification.