AppGratis' battle with Apple divides developer community

No matter what happens with AppGratis and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store, developer opinion online is decidedly mixed about the tactics being taken by both sides.

In a blog post about a week ago AppGratis CEO Simon Dawlat expressed shock and dismay that Apple had pulled his company's app discovery service over reported infractions of the company's iOS developer clauses.

"While we stand in total disbelief that Apple actually made the decision to cut a service used by so many of their users, those people still have AppGratis on their iPhone and iPad. And we owe them new app deals every day," he wrote. "And that is pretty much where we stand, still stunned that Apple took the decision to destroy so much value within their own ecosystem, but more than ever convinced that what we're doing is good, and accomplishing a much needed mission in a broken App Discovery world."

In the days that followed, AppGratis started an online petition and began working on an HTML5 app to circumvent Apple's ban.

There were at least a few developers on Twitter who wondered why Apple was making such an example of AppGratis.

When it was later reported that AppGratis was charging developers to boost app store rankings, developers seemed largely unfazed, if somewhat cynical about the practice.

Although at press time AppGratis was still on the outside of the App Store looking in, developers weren't so sure that a petition was the right approach.

As the story develops, several app makers seem to believe that AppGratis won't be alone in being ejected from the iOS community.