If you have a mobile app you have probably heard about Apple’s rules released this Fall regarding mobile apps built using a platform or system such as Subsplash or Pushpay (eChurch). Apple in an attempt to reduce the number of garbage apps in their store has decided that such apps will no longer be allowed.
Both Pushpay and Subsplash have responded to this news by preparing a single new app which all churches will have their congregants install. Once opened the app will allow the individual to enter the name of their church and will pull up the respective churches’ content.
For those interested in more information on this topic, you can read Josh Robb’s (VP of Engineering at Pushpay) post What Apple’s App Store Changes Mean For Your Church.
For the moment both Pushpay and Subsplash will allow existing stand-alone apps to remain as such, but I would expect that this will be a temporary solution which will be phased out sooner than anyone would like as maintaining the development of two systems will be a burden I doubt either will want to bear long-term.
So, my question is, how are you handling this? What are your plans? Will you keep your current stand-alone app as long as you can? Migrate to the new single app now? Go another route to ensure you get your own app in the app store?
I read over the actual Apple rules and my initial reaction was that Apple was trying to keep out the garbage and these rules might not specifically apply, but representatives I’ve spoken to from both Pushpay and Subsplash have indicated their companies have been talking with Apple about this and that Apple is not planning to allow these sorts of apps in the future.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts!