Google and Facebook employees can once again use private iOS apps after Apple reinstated the necessary enterprise certificates. The iPhone maker yesterday had yanked the certificates from both companies for misusing them to distribute data-gathering iOS apps to the public.
Google and Facebook were caught earlier this week using Apple's Enterprise Developer Program in a way that Apple said was a "clear breach of their agreement with Apple".
The program is intended for enterprise customers to test and deploy iOS apps among employees without using the iOS App Store. Apple stipulates that apps for the public should be distributed through App Store.
After news broke that Apple had revoked Facebook's enterprise certificate over its non-compliant Facebook Research app, Google shut down its similar research app, Screenwise Meter.
The search and ad giant apologized and said it was a mistake to have operated the app under Apple's enterprise developer program.
While Apple's move blocked the two non-compliant research apps, it also blocked private iOS apps the companies had been legitimately using with employees.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Apple would revoke Google's certificate, but Apple had said in an earlier statement that "any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked".
Shortly after Google's apology, Apple followed through and revoked Google's enterprise certificate too. A Google spokesperson told ZDNet afterwards: "We're working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon."
Google and Facebook on Thursday confirmed to the media that Apple had reinstated their certificates, clearing them to use internal iOS apps once again.