A post on Reddit revealed that, prior to the Steam Link announcement, the iOS version of the app was already approved. But Tim Cook's company has since stripped that approval and denied Steam Link from appearing in the iOS App Store.
It looks like Android will have the exclusive on Valve's new Steam Link app for a while, as Apple is spoiling PC Gamers' fun and blocking the launch on iOS. The following morning, Apple revoked its approval citing business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team.
There has been some conjecture as to why Apple would block the Steam Link app.
Lombardi said Steam disabled purchasing its iOS app but did not elaborate on how the change was made.
The physical Steam Link box, which wirelessly pipes PC games to a TV.
Valve issued a press release and informed Apple that its app functions almost identically to remote desktop applications that already exist in the App Store.
"Today, we are asking Apple to commit to allowing free trials for all apps in the App Stores by the tenth anniversary of the App Store this July".
Valve is understandably hacked off having spent many hours on this project and the approval process.
Steam and Apple have conflicting business models. This appeal was, however, rejected and the Steam Link app remains blocked from releasing on the App Store.
It'll be interesting to see the number of requests Apple receives to remove apps from the App Store due to government requests, and the number of apps that actually do get removed. Steam Link is available for Android devices via the Google Play Store. The mobile app would do the same for phones.
That's pretty much a blank term for things that Apple considers to be competing with its own services and products.