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The Best App Apple Ever Banned Is Coming Back to iPhones

Mar 19, 2015

Launcher, a widely praised iPhone app that was banished from the App Store store last fall, is making a triumphant comeback Thursday.

Launcher essentially makes clever use of Widgets, a feature Apple included in iOS 8 enabling users to quickly access the day's weather forecast, calendar events and reminders. With Launcher, users could add shortcuts to their favorite apps, contacts or websites.

Apple banned the app last fall, ruling that an app used to launch other apps from its notifications widget ran afoul of the company's stringent design guidelines. Launcher's founder, Greg Gardner, complained in a blog post that the ruling in his case was both unclear and inconsistent, opening a wider debate about Apple's vetting process.

Fortunately for Gardner, Apple lifted the ban after a lengthy appeals process. The app reappeared in the iTunes store on Thursday along with the message, "We're back baby!"

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