App reviews at Apple: understaffed, filtering tons of garbage apps

App reviews at Apple: understaffed, filtering tons of garbage apps
Apple’s mobile ecosystem is probably best known for being tightly controlled by Apple itself so no junk gets in it, and so far it has worked mostly good. But mostly isn’t good enough and many developers have complained about long review times and their apps getting released with often murky reasons.

But what about the people who have to deny those apps, have you ever thought how their work routine goes? Former senior engineer at Apple Mike Lee reveals some interesting detail about the app review guys and it turns out their job is not all that easy as it might look on the surface.

Lee who worked at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Relations team and is definitely one of the people in the know, says that the department is understaffed like many at Apple and has to go through to tons and tons of junk apps for a huge part of the day. Actually, you might have never thought that with a $100 developer fee that Apple charges for entry, app reviewers would get so many apps filled with pictures of male and female genitalia.

And filtering through all this garbage, it’s no wonder that sometimes a quality app can get denied as well. But with that explanation, now it’s clear why Apple is imposing its strict reviews on apps before they get into the store. To achieve this freedom from porn that we’ve heard Jobs proclaim, Appel tries to accelerate the process.

"The only way to deal with it is to set the bar so far away from d*cks so that even a picture of a cucumber gets blocked by accident," Lee explains. "Because if you don't, you have people spending hours and hours of conversation on whether something is a pubic hair. It's a huge waste of time."

source: Business Insider



1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Now how about google play?

2. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Both Stores are riddled with garbage apps. But the difference is that you will find many apps doing the same thing in the play store. Both have they're problems.

6. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I would prefer to decide which of the very similar apps I want to use instead of someone not allowing me to choose something they don't think I need. I've seen a number of apps that do pretty much the same thing, but have enough differences that make me prefer one over the others. Someone else may prefer a different app than I. Why should someone decide which one what everyone should have even if some people would have preferred a different one?

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I think they mean duplicate apps, not just apps that are very similar. There are a lot of apps on Google Play store that are just duplicates of something else.

3. Aeires unregistered

What about it? Apps get pulled from the Play store whenever deemed to be in violation of the regulations set forth by Google. Contrary to what some might believe, Google does police their market, just not the walled garden approach that some other markets have.

4. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

no! my cucumber app!

5. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Its more likely that the time delay is over apple staff having "private moments" while reviewing said "adult apps"

7. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

If I want the cucumber, I think I'm smart enough to avoid installing something I don't want. I also think that I'm mature enough to make my own decisions regarding what is acceptable on my device without someone having to censor the options I have.

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