Thursday, January 5, 2012

Apple Claims GameStore App Released Prematurely - Issues Refunds

We previously reported about an application that prematurely made its way into the iPhone App Store called “GameStore.” It was deemed an Apple internal testing tool for their iOS in-app-purchase system. The June 2009 date, which is the month of the event in which the in-app purchase was formally announced, on the application store page seems to confirm that. Apple recently sent out an email that informed everyone that the app was pulled from the App Store:

You recently purchase the GameStore app. The app was made available for sale prematurely. We apologize for the problem and have refunded the purchase amount back to your account. These funds will be applied to your original payment method within 5 business days.
The app was quickly removed from the App Store and the buyers were informed that refunds for the application have been issued to their iTunes accounts. Apple notes that the “GameStore” application went live on the App Store too early. Given the June 2009 date attached to the application, we can’t technically say the application was released too early but it’s easy to guess that it is likely an App Store dedicated to gaming software.

Did you pick up the GameStore app when it was available? Are you looking forward to its actual release? Share any thoughts and opinions below!

Source: App Store