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MTBlogBot2000
22nd July 2009, 09:43 PM
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2392" title="apps_itweetreply_phone" src="http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/apps_itweetreply_phone.png" alt="apps_itweetreply_phone" width="482" height="247" />
Local Australian developers <a href="http://syncode.com.au/">Syncode</a> have had some unfortunate news - the 1.1 update to their app iTweetReply has been rejected because it shares similar UI elements to the SMS app. I spoke with Matthew Lesh of Syncode regarding their latest encounter with Victor Wang.
<blockquote>My first feelings where worry, at first read - it appeared that they might have taken down the app altogether since what they are complaining about wasn't new.</blockquote>
This isn't the first bumpy ride Syncode have had with Victor and his cronies, and they generated considerable press when the app was initially rejected. Was this simply an excuse to dick them around? Asked if he believed that other applications which share a similar interface may be affected in future, and how he would feel should those apps be approved, Matthew stated:
<blockquote>I seriously don't think many other people will be affected, and yes I'd personally be amazed if any other app wasn't allowed. Unless they've suddenly taken a stomp on this (which is unlikely), I can see it purely being a matter of us being both SMS like in UI and in usability with push Twitter that taken us over the invisible line.</blockquote>
Either way, its a shame to see yet more examples of the App Store development process being applied inconsistently. The good news to come out of this is that many of the planned features for 1.2 will now be submitted as part of the 1.1 release.

You can read Syncode's response and more <a href="http://blog.syncode.com.au/2009/07/21/itweetreply-1-1-rejected/">in their blog</a>, or discuss this on our forums. This will also be discussed by our crew in this week's upcoming MacTalk Podcast.

Tragedies
22nd July 2009, 09:57 PM
Apple really hates them.

rustyshelf
22nd July 2009, 10:08 PM
Apple does this to everybody, most developers shut up about it because they fear that Apple could do even worse things to them *shudder*.

I find the best answer is normally just to resubmit your app, eventually Victor will be on leave and his mild-mannered brother Frank will let it pass.

Here's all the different reasons my apps have been rejected in the past:
- We lost your binary, please resubmit (what the?!)
- Your large iTunes icon does not look enough like your small iPhone icon it may confuse people (one had a cloud, the other one didn't. I can imagine the mass panic that would have caused)
- Your app is rated improperly (this for an app that had already been rated 14+ for a month). Upped it to 17+ and Victor was happy
- Your app crashed our phone. No I can't tell you how or send you a crash log.
- Your app doesn't work properly (and then sent a screenshot that clearly shows they didn't realise it was working properly)

The greatest on of all:
- App held up for 3 weeks in review no explanation (this was back when review times were around 4 days). One day they call me up on the phone and tell me to remove the text from our iTunes description that says that their weather app is inaccurate for Australia and that it gets it's data from Yahoo.
Apple Rep: We'd like you to remove that paragraph
Me: But it's accurate, how about if we reworded it?
AR: No we'd prefer if you just removed it
Me: I don't understand what is wrong, everything in that sentence is factually correct.
AR: I know, but we'd prefer if you just removed it.
Me: ...pause...fine I'll remove it. Will I need to resubmit my application?
AR: Yes
Me: Yippeee!

Dante Kyar
22nd July 2009, 10:09 PM
where should be were.

Sucks that apple screw people around so much.

Exocet
22nd July 2009, 10:18 PM
where should be were.
Thanks, I've fixed Matt's quote on the front page, but its far too much hassle to do so on the forums. Problems with the word-press integration :)

bennyling
22nd July 2009, 10:30 PM
Hate to be the broken record, but go straight to 1.2.

Instapaper Pro was in this position not too long ago.

bok
22nd July 2009, 10:34 PM
To be honest this is hardly newsworthy, we've been watching apps getting rejected for worse reasons and the developers don't run off and cry to the internets.

Buck up and resubmit like everyone else, it's a part of being an iPhone developer.

matthew858
23rd July 2009, 08:54 AM
To be honest this is hardly newsworthy, we've been watching apps getting rejected for worse reasons and the developers don't run off and cry to the internets.

Buck up and resubmit like everyone else, it's a part of being an iPhone developer.

We aren't crying to the internet, we just made a blog post about it being rejected and people are just picking up on it. That is definitely not "crying about it to the internets".

dolbinau
23rd July 2009, 09:07 AM
Guh Apple sucks.

dathnoth
23rd July 2009, 10:37 AM
To be honest this is hardly newsworthy.

Agreed, this happens almost every day.