Debunked: Hotkey Apps Will Stay In The Mac App Store… For Now

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Apple wants apps in the Mac App Store to play inside their own sandboxes.
Apple wants apps in the Mac App Store to play inside their own sandboxes.

TUAW reported earlier on Thursday that Apple was planning to start rejecting apps from the Mac App Store that used universal hotkeys to trigger functions and access features. The ban was supposedly set to go into effect on June 1st alongside Apple’s app sandboxing deadline. A new report from Macworld debunks TUAW’s claim by saying that Apple is not planning to start rejecting apps like Alfred that rely on universal keyboard shortcuts.

Apple To Reject Hotkey Apps From Mac App Store Starting June 1st [Rumor]

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Alfred uses universal keyboard shortcuts to let you search for anything on your Mac.
Alfred uses universal keyboard shortcuts to let you search for anything on your Mac.

As OS X continues to become more of a consumer-oriented platform and less of a power user-friendly environment, Apple is reportedly set to begin enforcing new guidelines in the Mac App Store that will ban apps that use “hotkey” functionality.

Apps like Alfred are able to give the user a universal system hotkey that can be used to access the app anywhere in OS X. Starting on June 1st, Apple will be prohibiting these kinds of system-wide features from making their way into the Mac App Store.