iphone app credit idea


I am looking to develop a mobile application that allows users to sell and purchase a digital asset using a micropayment credit system. We also may require using internal functionality of the mobile device such as photo library. After reading it looks like we have to create a native application for iOS because of the functionality requirements.

The questiona are:

  1. Is this something that would be difficult to get approval in the apple app store?
  2. Does it make sense to just target android?
  3. Is there any way to circumvent the issue of internal functionality like photo library in an html5 safari application, or would you rethink the application functionality?
  4. What would be the logistics of having apple take such a large chunk of revenue for users when its less on android or the web based application version?

Ideas Application Iphone

asked Mar 22 '11 at 02:03
15 points
  • What do you mean by "digital assets", for example? – David Benson 13 years ago
  • Something that is creative content that is created and exist digitally, such as a text or photo. – Mconnors 13 years ago

1 Answer


1. Likely your app will be rejected:

  1. Purchasing and currencies
11.1 Apps that unlock or enable additional features or functionality
with mechanisms other than the App
Store, except as approved in section
11.13, will be rejected
11.2 Apps utilizing a system other than the In App Purchase API (IAP) to
purchase content, functionality, or
services in an app will be rejected
11.3 Apps using IAP to purchase physical goods or goods and services
used outside of the application will
be rejected


2. It may make sense:

The market is big but the heat is in the App Store.

3. Sure:

For example just make the users send the photos from an email.
Or make an app to just upload and view pictures in your market. Rights then could be bought there.

answered Apr 7 '11 at 02:16
171 points
  • Thanks, I finally came to the same conclusions. I realized after a lot of reading, you can only sell anything that apple has approved through itunes- meaning you can't resell other peoples content unless it went back though the approval process. Thank you for the response. – Mconnors 13 years ago

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