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nextdns app deleted from appstore??

can anyone confirm this?

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  • Apple has decided to remove our app from the App Store.

    We are currently appealing this decision and making our case that our companion app fulfills all the conditions of the recently added 3.1.3(f) exception.

    While we have many frequent interactions with many great people at Apple, the App Store Review team is its own isolated team and we are trying our best.

    Stay put.

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      • Rob
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      • Rob
      • 2 mths ago
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      In case anyone is wondering; this is guideline 3.1.3(f):

      • 3.1.3(f) Free Stand-alone Apps: Free apps acting as a stand-alone companion to a paid web based tool (eg. VOIP, Cloud Storage, Email Services, Web Hosting) do not need to use in-app purchase, provided there is no purchasing inside the app, or calls to action for purchase outside of the app.

      Source: Apple

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      • Rob
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      • Rob
      • 2 mths ago
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      I'm running version 2.0.1 (29) of the NextDNS App and I do not see any purchasing inside the App, nor a call to action for purchase outside of the App...

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      • juliank
      • juliank
      • 2 mths ago
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      Rob there is some purschase outside the app, for the subscription

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      • Rob
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      • Rob
      • 2 mths ago
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      juliank I was just confirming @NextDNS's statement that they fulfill this guideline (IMHO).

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  • I noticed this a few minutes ago as well. It's on the Mac App Store still but not iOS.

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  • Yep - NextDNS app has disappeared from Apple’s App Store. Weird. 

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  • I did just notice if you go to my.nextdns.io, they've updated the "Recommended" method from using the App to downloading a profile for iOS 14 and above from apple.nextdns.io

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  • Would like to understand why this change was made. Using the configuration profile method makes it so you can't easily disable nextdns temporarily on a device.

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      • DynamicNotSlow
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      • DynamicNotSlow
      • 2 mths ago
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      Frank Palicky that’s not true. You can simple disable it

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  • Yes, but I have to admit, that it's not 100% intuitive, that you disable it, when you set it to "automatic".

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  • I also agree it isn’t intuitive or easy to go to Settings / General / VPN, DNS & Device Management and change the DNS to automatic when you want to temporarily disable NextDNS - it is easier to just toggle the switch in the NextDNS app  

    Another issue - on my corporate WiFi network I have to disable the ultra low latency network (which I think is the same as enabling the bootstrap IP setting in the Apple Configuration Profile). However, I want to enable the ultra low latency feature on other WiFi networks. It is easy to toggle this option using the NextDNS app but not possible to do if using the Apple Configuration Profile. So this is another reason I prefer the NextDNS app to the Apple Configuration Profile. 
     

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  • TLDR; no app and kids can even more easily circumvent DNS Filtering on iOS Devices. 

    The app gave me the ability to lock the dns on the kids phone behind a password… no app and that won’t work. They’ll be able to go change DNS as they wish and currently no other way to lock DNS on iOS. If this app is gone I will soon follow. Literally finally felt comfortable enough to subscribe a month or three back too for all their hard efforts

    Edit: oh and it paired device name with query so logs could be sorted through easier.

    Edit2: with screen time in IOS 15 DNS can’t be locked/keep kids from changing dns servers either.

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    • Blaine Johnson You should be able to set up a Screentime passcode and then someone can’t remove/disable the DNS profile :) 

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      • Rob
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      • Rob
      • 2 mths ago
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      Mario van Woensel I doubt most consumers (versus companies) use (or even know how to set up) supervised devices...

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    • Mario van Woensel not that I found in IOS 15… can lock SOME settings; I didn’t find playing with it last night that DNS was one of them…

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    • Mario van Woensel oof. Too early; prematurely skimmed. Need coffee. Read what you said again; will have to try that. What menu did you see that under?

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      • N A
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      • 2 mths ago
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      Blaine Johnson it's not locked even with the Pin code enabled. The user can still go into Settings and change the DNS service to something else. Just an FYI, I just found out myself. 

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  • I posted this same thing a couple days ago. It would be nice if the NextDNS team would post replies or updates to the users about things.  Been a long time supporter of the app but their communication has always been lacking IMO. 

    the app really is the easier mechanism for the average user so they need to explain what’s going on if this is just temporary or what  

    also for people on the verge of an iPhone 13 upgrade now your not going to get the app restored.  At least my devices with the app installed are still working (seemingly)  but once I upgrade kiss it goodbye for sure.  These guys have been great but seems it’s getting too big for the small team of people running it to keep up with more users buying into it.   They need to scale up as the founders still have day jobs AFAIK.

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  • Lastly, rule 3.1.3(f) also adds a formal exception for “free apps acting as a stand-alone companion to a paid web based tool,” a category that Apple says includes VOIP, cloud storage, email services, and web hosting applications, which are now exempt from having to use Apple’s in-app purchase for subscriptions. Like the other rules, there are caveats: developers cannot offer purchases inside the app itself or include a call to action to purchase elsewhere — though Apple clarified to The Verge that it’s talking about calls to action built into the app. Developers should theoretically still be free to advertise their app purchases on their own website.
     

    reference: theverge.com

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  • app back in the store

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