After pressure from four U.S. senators, Apple Inc. has said it will start rejecting iPhone applications that tip drivers off about police checkpoints for drunken driving.
Apple updated its app developer guidelines Wednesday to exclude such apps. On Thursday, some DUI apps were still available in the App Store, but Apple usually gives developers a chance to update their apps so they can conform to the new guidelines before booting them.
The apps often combine warnings about DUI checkpoints, speed traps and red-light cameras. Users can register those locations.
An Apple spokesman had no comment on the change, and wouldn’t say why it was made. Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., Frank R. Lautenberg D-N.J., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., asked companies to remove DUI-avoidance apps. RIM complied, but Google refused.