Apple has removed the Financial Times app from the App Store, due to disagreements over in-app subscription payments. Despite winning an Apple Design award last year, Apple felt they could no longer play host to FT who were not content with Apple’s rule forbidding external links within an app to purchase content.
“The FT iPad and iPhone apps will no longer be available to new users through iTunes,” said a spokesperson. “We are directing readers to the FT‘s new web app available at app.ft.com. iTunes will remain an important channel for new and existing advertising based apps.”
FT has a HTML-5 based web app, which was launched in June to try to workaround Apple’s policies and already has over 550,000 users.
The app is still available for free on the Android Marketplace and you can subscribe within the app. To do so, go here.