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iPhone SDK terms relaxed to allow lotteries (Poll)

According to a new report, Apple is now allowing developers to add contests, lotteries, or sweepstakes to iPhone and iPod Touch apps, thanks to a new SDK rule.

Updated February 25, 2010 at 8:06 a.m. PST: Update and correction to reflect that the app is now free and the prize is up to $1,000 daily.

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According to a report by RegHardware, Apple is now allowing developers to add contests, lotteries, or sweepstakes to iPhone and iPod Touch apps, thanks to a new SDK rule, if those contests follow some strict guidelines:

  • Developers must be the sole sponsor of a promotion.
  • The app promotion must comply with all local laws.
  • Developers must clearly state that Apple has no sponsorship or responsibility for the in-app promotion.

This new rule could result in an influx of iPhone apps focused on winning money. One such app, Ka-Ching (iTunes link), has already appeared after previous rejections from the App Store. In this case, after purchasing the app for $.99, you push the app's only button for a chance to win a $1,000 daily prize.

Will this genre of app encourage gambling problems in iPhone users? What do you think about gambling on the iPhone? Answer our poll to leave your opinion.