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Yes. No. YES!

These three words sum up the situation of PCalc, a powerful calculator app that features a Notification Center widget, whose developer was asked by Apple yesterday to remove as it apparently wasn’t in line with App Store rules.

Today, it appears that Apple has changed its mind (again), as TechCrunch reports that they’ve been “hearing that Apple is changing its course. The PCalc app and widget will remain in the App Store, and all calculator-type widgets will be allowed as well, an Apple spokesperson has confirmed to us.”

So what gives?

The situation is a bit confusing, and if anything, it seems that the various departments involved in the App Store at Apple didn’t communicate as well as they should have.

After being featured as one of the “Great Apps and Games for iOS 8” curated by Apple in the App Store, the news felt a bit weird when it fell yesterday. Why would Apple reject an app that it handpicked as one of the flagship iOS 8 apps? We might never have the answer to this question but it’s not hard to imagine that too many levels of people involved with the App Store, with different understanding of Apple’s sometimes blurry rules contributed to this confusion. What might have started at the reviewer level was probably escalated to management as the controversy started yesterday.

But everything is back in order in the App Store. You’ll still be able to enjoy PCalc and the various other options you have to add a calculator widget in Notification Center.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    Good to see they are realising their mistake & quickly acting on them. 🙂

    Haha! The starting of the article : Yes. No. YES.
    Quite funny. 😀

  • GadgetQueenn

    HAHA! The user backlash is what pushed them. But how could they not go back on it after this CurrentC reaction?

    • CollegiateLad

      Yes, I’m sure that’s it. My grandma read these forums and got pissed. Lol

  • Jason Baroni

    Please, bring “Launcher” back!

    • Jonathan

      Yes! I really wanted to use it!

      • Jason Baroni

        Tell me about it, Jony. When I read about it, it was too late…

    • SkyFall

      Theres an alternative called Quick-Tap. It does what Launcher did and a few more things.

      • Jason Baroni

        Gotta see this! Thanks a lot, Sky!

      • Atras


      • SkyFall com/us/app/quick-tap/id919092169?mt=8

        No spaces

  • Khalid Tahhan

    FYI you can actually install the new cydia now via the pangu app… it just went live

  • Well they should allow more widgets to do what they are intended to do instead of holding them back. The keyboard extensions are also very dumbed down.

  • Tix

    Sorry but Apple have been an utter joke this year. Mistake after shambles after mistake. How many more times can Apple screw up before the end of the year? Any Bets?

  • James G

    This is good news. Now only if it didn’t cost $9.99!

  • Dexter SherloConan

    I guess a big promotion of sales for PCalc in these days. I bought it yesterday.

  • TotallySerious

    Now all we need is Launcher back! 😉