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Apple Reverses Decision To Pull Amphetamine App From App Store After Appeal

Apple has reversed its decision to remove the Amphetamine app from its app store. Amphetamine is an app that prevents Macs from going into sleep mode and the developer had initially said that Apple told him it violated App Store guidelines.


Funnily, the app has been in the App Store since 2014, and contrary to the name is not related to drug use. The developer has said that the reversal of the decision means that it can still remain on the app store with its current name and logo.


Amphetamine is popular in pharmaceutical circles as a pill that stimulates the central nervous system. It is also used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, and obesity. Also, the app’s icon is a pill, which could have further been responsible for this situation.


Amphetamine App Store Apple
The Amphetamine App has an animated pill as its icon on the App Store.


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Developer, William C. Gustafson said in 1st January 2021 posts on Reddit and Github that Apple had told him that he had two weeks to “remove all references to the word ‘amphetamine’ and remove the pill from the icon”. Apple said it would remove the app from the App Store by 12th January 2021 on the failure to comply.


Gustafson says Apple contacted him on 29th December 2020 telling him that  Amphetamine “appears to promote inappropriate use of controlled substances. Specifically, your app name and icon include references to controlled substances, pills”. In a tweet, Gustafson later said after appeal, Apple called him informing him of a reversal.



The macOS app is free on the App Store and has over 432,000 downloads, with a 4.8 rating. According to App Store guidelines, “Apps that encourage consumption of tobacco or vape products, illegal drugs, or excessive amounts of alcohol are not permitted on the App Store. Apps that encourage minors to consume any of these substances will be rejected. Facilitating the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances (except for licensed pharmacies) isn’t allowed”.



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