Ever since I’ve open-sourced Dash for iOS there have been a lot of requests for Dash to get back on the App Store, as the process to install it from source isn’t exactly user-friendly.
Quite a few “developers” have even added it to the App Store themselves, violating the GNU GPL license in the process. Apple has been very responsive in removing these apps, but the developers kept adding it back in different shapes and forms and I got tired to fill the same copyright claim forms over and over.
I’ve made a personal developer account which Apple accepted and the review for Dash for iOS went through without any issues. I hope this will somewhat stave off the pirated copies of Dash from appearing on the App Store. We’ll see.
The macOS version of Dash will continue to be sold exclusively on kapeli.com.
A lot of users have expressed concerns about the future of Dash after Apple removed it from the App Store. This post is meant to give some insight into how Dash is doing exactly, as well as some interesting tidbits.
Revenue in 2016
All of Dash’s App Store revenue has migrated to direct sales, with a slight increase.
The downhill from Q1 to Q3 is due to saturation of the Dash 3 paid upgrade. I haven’t had any sales or promotions for the entirety of 2016.
Dash for iOS was never a significant part of my revenue and like most iOS apps it was never sustainable. I should have open-sourced it a long time ago, as it now brings in more revenue by promoting Dash for macOS.
Most of the App Store users of Dash 3 have migrated their license to the direct version. I was able to use the in-app notification mechanism I had to let them know about what’s going on so that they don’t get cut off from the app they paid for.
Unfortunately I have no data on what happened to the App Store users of Dash 2 and I have no way of notifying them.
Dash for iOS returned to the App Store just a few days after I open-sourced it, thanks to He Tiancong and Jie Wang. This is despite the fact that I specifically chose a license that’s incompatible with the App Store. I highly recommend avoiding Dash on the iOS App Store, as I do not know what modifications they have made to my code.
Later Update: Two more developers just released Dash on the iOS App Store as paid apps: Cuilian Su and Zuogen Zhang.
Later Later Update: These apps have now been removed from the App Store.
Dash continues to be used by a lot of Apple Engineers and I’ve received great help from them in debugging issues and in supporting the new Xcode 8 documentation format.
The Apple API Reference docset now reads the docs from within Xcode 8. This reduces disk space usage while also allowing me to modify & improve the docs at display-time. Thanks a lot to the Xcode team at Apple for helping me understand the new documentation format!
The doc pages of classes will now display full method/property docs inline (i.e. how the old docs used to be)
The parent class will now be shown at the top
For any other improvement ideas, please contact me
Angular for TypeScript Docset. An “AngularTS” docset is now available in Preferences > Downloads.
It does not look like Dash can return to the App Store anytime soon. Due to Dash’s removal from the App Store, please note that you can no longer download the apps you paid for.
Dash for macOS
App Store users of Dash should migrate their license immediately. If you lost access to the App Store version of Dash, please contact me with your purchase receipt. If you’d like a refund instead, please contact App Store support.
Non-App Store customers of Dash are unaffected. If you purchased directly, you don’t need to do anything.
Dash for iOS can’t be distributed outside of the App Store. My preferred solution would be for a fellow developer to get it back on the App Store, as a free app. Open sourcing doesn’t look like a good solution at this time, as most of my users are not iOS developers and are not familiar with compiling an app for their devices.
Thank you for your support
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support. I will try to respond to support requests and migration issues as soon as I can, to make this process as easy as possible.
What I’ve done: 3-4 years ago I helped a relative get started by paying for her Apple’s Developer Program Membership using my credit card. I also handed her test hardware that I no longer needed. From then on those accounts were linked in the eyes of Apple. Once that account was involved with review manipulation, my account was closed.
I was not aware my account was linked to another until Apple contacted me Friday, 2 days after closing my account. I was never notified of any kind of wrongdoing before my account was terminated.
What Apple has done: on Friday they told me they’d reactivate my account if I’d make a blog post admitting some wrongdoing. I told them I can’t do that, because I did nothing wrong. On Saturday they told me that they are fine with me writing the truth about what happened, and that if I did that, my account would be restored. Saturday night I sent a blog post draft to Apple and have since waited for their approval.
Tonight Apple decided to accuse me of manipulating the App Store in public via a spokesperson.
Last call from Saturday with Apple
Apple insisted that all communication was through phone calls. Luckily, I recorded my last phone call with them, in which they admit that:
They want me to write a blog post in order to restore my account
They never notified me beforehand about what was going on
Update: Just to make it clear, I have complied with Apple’s request and have sent a blog post draft approximately 30 minutes after this phone call ended. I have since not received any contact from Apple in any way, and they did not respond to my calls. Their recent statements come as a shock as I thought we were working together to resolve this issue.
Earlier today, Apple cancelled my developer account and has removed Dash from the App Store.
I don’t know.
Yesterday I sent Apple a request to migrate my account from an individual one to a company one. Once I verified my company with its D-U-N-S Number, they notified me that some features in iTunes Connect won’t be available during account migration.
A while later my iTunes Connect account started showing as “CLOSED” and my apps were removed from sale. I thought this was normal and part of the migration.
Today I called them and they confirmed my account migration went through and that everything is okay as far as they can tell. A few hours ago I received a “Notice of Termination” email, saying that my account was terminated due to fraudulent conduct. I called them again and they said they can’t provide more information.
Update: Apple contacted me and told me they found evidence of App Store review manipulation. This is something I’ve never done.
Apple’s decision is final and can’t be appealed.
I can’t update Dash for iOS anymore and I can’t distribute it outside of the App Store.
Dash for macOS will continue to be supported outside of the App Store. If you purchased Dash on the Mac App Store, you should migrate your license as soon as possible. At the moment you are not able to download Dash from your App Store’s Purchases tab anymore, so if you lose access to your currently activated version of Dash you won’t be able to migrate your license anymore.
I don’t know if/when things will go back to normal.