Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Best Quote Talking about the Apple App store ever

"Apple requires you to be 17 years or older to purchase a censored dictionary that omits half the words Steve Jobs uses every day."

This little gem is from what appears to be an increasingly common scenario of rejections leading to rants against the App Store. I'm sure the Apple Faithful don't mind (I'm sure the faithful would be happy to watch Steve give their spouses/partners a rim job and then split them open, bathe in their entrails, cook them and then eat them), but for the average developer, it would seem that a lot of Apple's coolness is wearing very, very thin.

Here's the full post about Ninjawords and their debacle.

1 comment:

Jeremy said...

Apple's problem is not that they reject apps for nonsensical reasons (GoogleVoice) or for spurious reasons (NinjaWords) or even nukes 900 apps from a single developer (http://gizmodo.com/5329756/third-largest-app-store-developer-gets-banned-for-sucking)
Apple's problem is that the process is completely opaque. A developer submits an application to the App Store and waits. Much like ancient priests used to wait for the wisdom of Athena. Everything that goes on in the bowels of One Infinite Loop is a mystery.
Imagine, instead, if the entire process were documented and transparent:
1. App is tested using an automated system for compatibility with supported versions of iPhoneOS
2. App is automatically tested to run for 24 hours without a crash
3. App is automatically tested to start and stop 100 times without a crash
4. App is reviewed for content rating by a human
4a. App is reviewed to meet the terms of the developer license (like copyrights)

Cool, add in a process where complaints are processed and an app or a developer may be removed if complaints are not dealt with and you have a transparent process that does not lose anything on the current one.

Transparency is what will lead to an open application market, not black magic.