App Store rejections is a part of life for us iPhone Developers. Recently there have been several high profile rejection cases that have garnered the attention and response from Apple’s top level management. This is most welcome news!
I genuinely believe that Apple does not have evil intentions when it comes to approving iPhone applications for the App Store. I think the problems that we are seeing are the bumbling results of a process that was hastily put in place and which is still trying to catch up with the flood of new applications and the many intricate policy decisions required. Apple’s self-imposed cone of silence doesn’t help their cause and it frustrates developers to the point of giving up.
This is the first post in a series where I want to constructively add to the discussion.
The meat of this post is on a regular web page that you can reach from the main navigation on this blog. I want to maintain this page as a comprehensive resource for all the technical things you need to think about and comply with before you submit your application to the App Store. I welcome your feedback and additions to the list.
It is my own experience that most App Store rejections are valid and they make sense, at least when they are explained to us. I also think Apple’s recent moves to pay more attention to copyright infringements is good.
However it’s the few cases where the App Store reviewers seem to have gone off the deep end, that we love to talk about. I’ve had my share of these too, and I’m going to dish out the details in the following posts:
- The story of a mainstream book that was too funny to be accepted. I’m sure you will recognize the name of the author.
- The inside story of an app that broke new ground in the App Store and paved the way for a whole new category of apps. For better or worse, depending on your perspective. That app sat in the queue for four months.
- If you think four months was a long time to wait for an app to be approved, wait until you hear about my own personal record.
But before we get to the juicy stuff, please head over to App Store Rejection Reasons.