Has Apple taken motion in opposition to apps that cloned the favored internet recreation Wordle? They’ve now disappeared from the App Retailer, after a number of publications (together with The Verge) referred to as out a flood of copycats so blatant as to be named “Wordle” and that featured the identical gameplay and UI, every making the most of the truth that developer Josh Wardle didn’t create an Apple app of his personal. Whereas we’re nonetheless seeing a number of clones on the App Retailer, they don’t use the Wordle title.
The clone apps had a highlight shone on them right this moment, when one developer began bragging about what number of downloads his model of Wordle was getting. Following some intense backlash from the neighborhood, he set his account to personal, however individuals had already began discovering many different apps prefer it on the App Retailer.
Apple didn’t instantly reply to The Verge’s request for affirmation that it was the one which took motion in opposition to the Wordle-alikes, but it surely appears vanishingly unlikely that every developer determined to take down their app within the house of about an hour. If Apple actually is initiating a crackdown on the apps, it’s tipping the scales considerably to guard the unique recreation.
Whereas there have been comparable high-profile conditions prior to now — as Protocol factors out, Flappy Chook and Threes vs 2048 come to thoughts — it’s exhausting to consider a current instance the place Apple stepped in as closely because it appears to have achieved right this moment. Apple does have language about copycats in its developer tips, but it surely’s notably obscure: “Give you your personal concepts,” part 4.1 reads. “Don’t merely copy the newest common app on the App Retailer, or make some minor adjustments to a different app’s title or UI and move it off as your personal.”
There have been questions on how Apple would cope with blatant clones, because it’s seemingly let issues slide in some cases. With disappearance of the Wordle-alikes from the App Retailer, we might have gotten a precedent for the way comparable is just too comparable.