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Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps 132

mrspoonsi writes One of the great mysteries of the App Store is why certain apps get rejected and why others don't. Apple has let a surprising number of ripoffs and clones through the store's iron gates, yet some developers face rejection for seemingly innocent apps. "Before you develop your app, it's important to become familiar with the technical, content, and design criteria that we use to review all apps," explains Apple on a new webpage called "Common App Rejections." Rejections include: Apple and our customers place a high value on simple, refined, creative, well thought through interfaces. They take more work but are worth it. Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected; Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations or use names or icons similar to other Apps will be rejected.
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Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

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  • by tepples ( 727027 ) <{tepples} {at} {}> on Tuesday September 02, 2014 @10:13AM (#47806559) Homepage Journal

    Why does Slashdot constantly rehash the "reasons Apple rejects apps" topic?

    To help certain iOS fans who frequent Slashdot (BB, SK, etc.) understand why not all apps are ported to iOS and why some people choose devices that run something other than iOS. The featured article states that most applications that Apple rejects are broken in some important way. But conspicuous by omission are apps that aren't broken but which Apple rejects for other reasons.

    They've published detailed guidelines on this for years.

    Only very recently (a few months ago []) has Apple made the guidelines [] available to the public. Previously you had to sign up for the paid iOS Developer Program just to see them. That hurt people who bought a Mac and an iOS device to start developing, only to learn that the application's concept was in a category of applications that Apple completely rejects []. That's entire sections of the market that Apple has made a business decision to decline to serve.

  • Re:Eh, not quite (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 02, 2014 @11:29AM (#47807321)

    I have had the same experience. I have ALWAYS included login/demo account information and - no exaggeration - they have never successfully read the information that tells them how to log in. Always ends up something that I need to send them in a follow up.

    Once they used credentials from the review notes that I included in a completely different product!! It was like they tried to avoid the information that I provided for the app that was being reviewed.

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