Apple App Store's inconsistency in applying selection policies

Apple App Store's inconsistency in applying selection policies
Apple has been in the news lately for a rather unusual reason: developers are criticizing it for arbitrary behavior in relation to approving applications for it's App Store. In a nutshell, Apple has been rejecting submitted applications for subjective reasons. For example, "Pull My Finger"was rejected on the basis that it was of "limited utility", which, while true, is equally true of many other applications currently available on the App Store - while "MailWrangler" was rejected on the basis that it "duplicates functionality", even though it provides what we would regard to be improvements over the original application.

What makes this worse is that after a month or so of (ignoring) such criticism, Apple has actively tried to muffle it's critics via legal means - by sending "remainders" about it's developer's NDAs.

Expecting a closed ecosystem operated for profit to have fair and consistent rules may be somewhat naive, but the extent to which developer discontent has crystallized might actually cause Apple some discomfort. While the App Store has made it somewhat easier to acquire software for the iPhone than for any other smart phone - the Android Market is coming soon and could become a serious alternative to the App Store.

sources: Arstechnica and Tech Crunch




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11 Comments

1. unregistered

so much for the almighty i phone i rather not have a phone that is controled by CRAPPLE.

2. unregistered

i second that. apple sucks !!!

3. unregistered

You're both morons. Just jailbreak the phone and you can get any app you want. What do you have to complain about now??....

8. sukers unregistered

ok im a moron who has the iphone lol. im done im not going argue with u apple fanboys cause i got better things to do

4. unregistered

why so serious~~~its just business~~:)~~jailbreak it then get all u want from installer~~

7. unregistered

Amen, glad their are smart people roaming these forums, I often question that until I see comments like this!

5. unregistered

Enter Android

6. unregistered

As if anyone would need to download so many apps.

9. unregistered

The point was that apple is refusing the app all together. This means you have to go through the trouble of finding the app on your own sicne its not being offered...duh

10. unregistered

The iphone is a toy for kids who are dumb enough to spend money on worthless shit. Why not let everything be available? Their reps in stores are trained to try to convince people to switch from PC to Mac by lieing and saying that they have an open platform that ANYONE can develop for and that there is no reason you should not buy a Mac.

11. PhOnEf@NtAsTiC unregistered

I can unlock I Phones for $20.00

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