Apple Removes C64 – Commodore 64 Emulator for iPhone

BY Jason

Published 8 Sep 2009

C64 - Commodore 64 Emulator for iPhone

We had reported yesterday how it was possible to access the BASIC interpreter in C64, Commodore Emulator for iPhone using a hack.

This seems to have got Manomio, the iPhone game developer into trouble as Apple has removed their iPhone app from the iPhone App Store.

Manomio has issued the following statement on their blog maintaining that it wasn’t trying to be sneaky to get past Apple’s approval process:

Unfortunately Apple this night pulled the C64 App from the App Store. We had agreed with Apple to remove basic from the application, but as we believed it would be possible to convince Apple to let it in later on, we left it in the app to be activated remotely by us when we had “go” from Apple.

Due to the extreme publicity the app has received over the weekend and the fact that several users found a way to enable the basic back, Apple decided to remove the app from App Store until we have solved the issue.

This is very frustrating as we had no intention of tricking basic into the app and the fix was done in a few minutes the moment we found out – a new version has been submitted to Apple, and we can only hope Apple will appreciate our efforts to apply the changes they need in order to put it back on.

Apple had worked with the developer to remove the BASIC interpreter from the initial version of C64 as it violated the SDK clause specifically prohibiting interpreted or executable code.

So when Apple discovered that it was possible to enable it using the hack like we did, they had no choice but to remove it from the iPhone App Store.

It will be interesting to see how long Apple takes to approve the iPhone app without the BASIC interpreter. We’ll let you know as soon as C64 is available on the iPhone App Store.

[via Manomio’s blog]