Let's say I develop an app and sell it in the App Store. I make sure the app complies with all of Apple's policies. But outside the App Store, it's clear from social media that I'm in favor of jailbreaking. Maybe I develop apps that wouldn't be allowed in the App Store and distribute them over unofficial channels. Or maybe I have another version of the same app that doesn't adhere to Apple's policies, which I distribute outside the App Store. If Apple finds out about that, would that likely be a problem in practice, assuming I don't promote any of that stuff within my app or its App Store listing?

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You're essentially asking "If I enter an agreement with Apple and wilfully break said agreement, would that cause me problems in practice?". Nobody can answer that for you that.

Of course you can enter in an agreement with them and break it. If your app becomes as popular as Fortnite and Instagram combined, they'll probably find out and have it escalated within the relevant team at Apple. They might sanction you, they might not.

If you app is a niche app downloaded by few people that never complain about it, they might never find out - and even if someone at Apple is aware, that person might never contact the relevant team for escalation. There might be no consequence at all.

On the other hand, it's not a guarantee - there's a risk that the right person will you see you breaking the agreement, and then they could terminate that agreement.

A practical advice for you would be open up a company that is an independent legal person, and let that company enter into the agreement with Apple for distributing the app. Your interests in jail-breaking as a private person probably won't affect that agreement then.

  • My question was more about how they've handled similar situations in the past. Are there any known situations where this has happened? Are there any apps in the App Store that are widely known to be developed by someone who is active in the jailbreaking scene, which Apple hasn't taken down despite having had plenty of time to do so?
    – Sparkette
    Jun 30, 2022 at 18:24
  • @flarn2006 Those are different questions. You should ask them separately. Jun 30, 2022 at 20:50
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    @flarn2006 I have never heard of such a situation in the past, no. I cannot really see why Apple would specifically target those developers, if they are complying with App Store rules.
    – jksoegaard
    Jun 30, 2022 at 21:47
  • @DavidSupportsMonica Actually that was my question. If you look at the title, you'll see it's asking whether or not Apple is "known to" do that.
    – Sparkette
    Jul 2, 2022 at 4:37
  • This answer assumes that OP would be breaking an agreement (contract?) with Apple. But OP says that they'd “make sure the app complies with all of Apple's policies.” Do the agreements necessary to sell in the App Store necessarily prevent any dissent, even if unrelated?
    – gidds
    Jul 2, 2022 at 11:40

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