Apple Backtracks After Popular Mac App 'Amphetamine' Threatened With Removal Over Branding

Popular Mac app "Amphetamine" will remain on the Mac App Store after reportedly being threatened with removal over its name and branding, which Apple had said breached App Store guidelines.

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Amphetamine is a free Mac app that helps users to keep their machine awake for a set amount of time. Launched in 2014, the app has been downloaded over 432,000 times and is highly rated on the ‌Mac App Store‌. The app has also been featured by MacRumors in the past. After six years on the ‌Mac App Store‌, Apple suddenly decided that Amphetamine has been violating ‌App Store‌ Guidelines.

The developer of Amphetamine, William Gustafson, posted an extensive report on GitHub a few days ago explaining that a representative of Apple contacted him, saying that Amphetamine would be removed from the ‌Mac App Store‌ on January 12, 2021, if a number of changes were not made to the app. The representative indicated that Amphetamine breached the following requirement:

Apps that encourage consumption of tobacco and vape products, illegal drugs, or excessive amounts of alcohol are not permitted on the App Store. Apps that encourage minors to consume any of these substances will be rejected. Facilitating the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances (except for licensed pharmacies) isn't allowed.

The Apple representative reportedly said "Your app appears to promote inappropriate use of controlled substances. Specifically, your app name and icon include references to controlled substances, pills."

Gustafson argued that Amphetamine does not promote the use of illegal drugs because amphetamine is a legal, prescription medication in the United States. He also noted that "objectively speaking," Amphetamine does not encourage amphetamine to be taken "irresponsibly, illegally, or recreationally."

Just like amphetamine (the organic compound) can be legally used to keep humans awake and attentive, Amphetamine (the app) can be legally used to keep your Mac awake.

Gustafson filed an appeal and set up a Change.org petition that has garnered over 500 signatures in an effort to combat the claim against the app. And just a short time ago, he announced on Twitter that he had finished a phone call with the App Review Board and that Amphetamine will remain on the ‌Mac App Store‌.

Amphetamine has been directly promoted by Apple in a Mac App Store Story and has racked up over 1,400 reviews on the ‌Mac App Store‌, so it seems odd that the app was only being asked to change its branding now. Furthermore, Gustafson said that he has had countless interactions with Apple and its App Review Team regarding Amphetamine, but the issue was never raised before, so it is unclear what triggered the issue.

Top Rated Comments

nawk Avatar
27 months ago

this might be the laziest app ever.

go into the terminal and type "caffeinate -t 60"

there. your mac will definitely stay awake for 60 seconds. need an hour? -t 3600

need forever? no arguments.

it's not that hard. been using this for years and years.
This is got to be the dumbest argument I have ever seen. First of all the app is free. It is also very nicely placed in the menu bar.

Saying this is like saying "Finder" is the laziest app ever. WHAT! You are using a GUI to move a file!

go into the terminal and type "mv source/file.txt destination/file.txt"

there. the file is moved. Need to move all the text files? "mv source/*.txt destination/*.txt"

it's not that hard. been using this for years and years. Why isn't everyone as smart as me!
Score: 121 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HowardEv Avatar
27 months ago
Apple removed my app from the App Store for a similar dumb reason. It was a clock that used World Time Format and was called WTFClock, and their explanation was “WTF” violated guidelines. After 7 years of me diligently keeping it up to date in the App Store at 100 bucks a year. Maybe I’ll rename it, but WTF Apple?
Score: 59 Votes (Like | Disagree)
svanstrom Avatar
27 months ago

this might be the laziest app ever.

go into the terminal and type "caffeinate -t 60"

there. your mac will definitely stay awake for 60 seconds. need an hour? -t 3600

need forever? no arguments.

it's not that hard. been using this for years and years.
It's free, though; so it's a fun and simple to use thing for people not comfortable living half their life in the terminal. No harm done.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bornee35 Avatar
27 months ago

0 days since Apple last caused unnecessary headaches for their developers. This is absurd and should never have reached this point. Why after six years was it suddenly not ok? It's nonsense like this that keep the regulators on Apple's ass
Exactly, same App Store that features it tried to ban the app

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Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
drinkingtea Avatar
27 months ago
I think "Amphetamine" is a clever name, and I like the app.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
winmaciek Avatar
27 months ago

this might be the laziest app ever.

go into the terminal and type "caffeinate -t 60"

there. your mac will definitely stay awake for 60 seconds. need an hour? -t 3600

need forever? no arguments.

it's not that hard. been using this for years and years.
I wouldn't agree with that. The app goes beyond a simple terminal command. It has a bunch of extras, for example "don't sleep until a file is downloaded" or "don't sleep when the lid is closed", to name a few. It's a great little tool.
Somebody must've been really bored during Christmas period to take nitpicking to such extent. Good thing they've reversed the decision though.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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