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Bypassed by App Store, FlickType developer removed accessibility feature

Bypassed by App Store, FlickType developer removed accessibility feature

Kosta Eleftheriou App Developer Flick typeHe can no longer stand the bad will of the App Store. Known for the Apple Watch’s high-performance keyboard (unfortunately limited in English and Spanish), FlickType has a virtual iPhone keyboard meant for blind and visually impaired users. After a series of sterile back and foot operations with the store’s verification team, Kosta abandons the deal and removes the job. they explain In a disgruntled Twitter thread against the creator.

The default FlickType keyboard for the iPhone.

Last week the developer released an update to fix bugs in iOS 15 and improve VoiceOver support. Apple declined this update due to a licensing issue: โ€œ [Apple] It says wrongly that our keyboard extension is not working without full access [au clavier] Apple had raised the same objection three years earlier, at which time Costa appealed the decision, which was overturned. So the rebel.

The developer tried to reach Apple several times last week (nine times!), without success, no one was on the phone. Added to this is the long list of difficulties the App Store has thrown up in recent years โ€” 40 pages of disapproval.โ€ repetitive, unjustified and unreasonable Which represents a lot of frustration and emotional exhaustion. Not to mention the APIs that Costa describes as ” Terrible (…) buggy, incoherent, constantly evolving and breaking ยป, especially anything related to accessibility.

Kosta Eleftheriou is known for its Apple services. He is constantly shining Parasite applications of which FlickType has been a victim, but also other publishers. Angry at Apple’s practices, he even filed a complaint against the manufacturer:

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