However, Apple still retaliated by invalidating their enterprise certificates on Wednesday and Thursday, effectively breaking all their internal apps on the iOS platform-whether they were used for testing purposes or-say-for providing employees with bus schedules. It's unclear how this will impact that deal when renewal discussions begin.
In a company memo published by Business insider, Facebook's VP of Production, Engineering, and Security Pedro Canahuati, attempts to explain the company's ongoing drama with Apple that resulted from news of its "research" app being made public. The market research app was distributed outside of the App Store using Apple's Enterprise Certificate policy, a certificate program primarily created to allow employers root access to employees' phones.
Apple did not reply immediately to a request for comment.
Though Google disabled the Screenwise Meter iOS app on January 30th, 2019, The Verge's source told the publication that early versions of Google Maps, Hangouts, Gmail and "other pre-release beta apps" have stopped working. But that still didn't stop Apple from revoking the company's ability to offer employee-only apps for the iPhone ecosystem. Following the press coverage, it has to disable its Screenwise Meter app.
Google's statement said the same thing: "We're working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon".
It turned out Google had been doing the same with a separate research app called Screenwise Meter. This app is completely voluntary and always has been.More news: Germany, France and United Kingdom set up transactions channel with Iran
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Google is joining Facebook in iOS hell.
It's unclear what is causing this issue or how widespread it is, but a quick Twitter search for people tweeting at Apple's support account seems to indicate that only iOS 11 users are affected. On the normative side, Apple should clarify whether Facebook and Google were punished for launching apps gathering users' private data or for distributing the apps under the wrong type of certificates and through unofficial channels, i.e. not using the App Store.
Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked, which is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data.
That bit aside, though, this app does appear to violate Apple's policies in the same way that Facebook Research's VPN iOS app did. It is now punishing Google, too. The company announced Thursday that that had happened.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been teasing a privacy standoff with the internet giants.