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  • Computer Screening to Blame for Inconsistent App Rejections?


    This could explain a lot.

    It seems the folks at Apple may be using a special computer screening technology to filter App Store submissions.

    Macnn.com covered the report by Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber, who suggests that Apple may have expanded its iPhone app review process to include computerized filtering.

    The new "static analysis tools" are designed to catch developers trying to use Apple's private APIs, which the iPhone SDK terms explicitly prohibits.
    Some, of course, are taking this report to explain why so many apps may have been rejected in recent months for somewhat nonsensical reasons. The inference, needless to say, is that Apple may use this alleged computer filtering process to a much greater degree than anyone realizes.

    But before we all get the idea that Apple has abolished any human involvement in the app screening process, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. If such a "filter" really does exist, such technology is probably utilized purely for security concerns at Apple.

    Apple is believed to restrict use of private APIs because of security concerns or compatibility issues if the features have yet to be finalized. The company has been known to leave the rule unenforced, however, as many apps have been approved even with private APIs.
    Should any of us really be surprised that Apple may be using a computerized filtering process? With more than one-hundred thousand applications already in the App Store and no telling how many more submissions are planned for 2010, at some point Apple has to invoke as many automated filters as possible both for our sake and the good of developers who are already complaining that the screening process takes far too long to complete.
    The automated filtering process is expected to help the company quickly spot violators of the SDK. It remains unclear if the rules will be strictly enforced, or if a certain amount of flexibility will remain.
    image via gamezville.net
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Computer Screening to Blame for Inconsistent App Rejections? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. DirtyDan's Avatar
      DirtyDan -
      I've considered something like this for a while... there are so many apps already in the store as strict as they are, there's just no telling how many are submitted (but I'd be willing to bet at least twice the amount that make it through are rejected.

      Regardless, Apple makes powerful software. I'm sure the accuracy on this filtering system is probably pretty close to what it would be if it was done by hand.
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      Figures
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by DirtyDan View Post
      (but I'd be willing to bet at least twice the amount that make it through are rejected.
      Where were you when Apple came out and said they accept about 94% of all applications submitted?

      By the way...OLDEST PICTURE EVER in OP's post. I think I see the original Installer icon :3
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      automated like a slot machine
    1. tallnatt's Avatar
      tallnatt -
      Not all or every part of the process is automated. I have apps that have been denied for having the "+" button (which is supposed to be used for adding addresses) in my app to add non-address/contact related info to my view. So this probably was done manually.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by tallnatt View Post
      Not all or every part of the process is automated. I have apps that have been denied for having the "+" button (which is supposed to be used for adding addresses) in my app to add non-address/contact related info to my view. So this probably was done manually.
      Are you kidding me?! That is fµcking RIDICULOUS. I am really losing a lot of respect for Apple.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I'm not too surprised by this, but Apple needs to make a change in their reviewing and policies.
    1. henson's Avatar
      henson -
      Man, I'd be pissed if I spent a lot of time making an app just to have it denied without even being looked at.





    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by henson View Post
      Man, I'd be pissed if I spent a lot of time making an app just to have it denied without even being looked at.
      You'd have no one but yourself to be mad at. It would be YOUR fault for not reading over the app submission guidelines and not realizing which APIs were public and which were private.

      By the way, the Flash smiley or whatever you were trying to post didn't show up.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Clearly they didn't do a good job filtering out when the iMobster guy took peoples cell numbers. People who are you kidding. What's stopping apple from having all your info its not like they write the scripts. oh waitt.. it is.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      makes sense yeah?....so many apps..so little time/
    1. LightManca's Avatar
      LightManca -
      The solution seems simple...

      It seems any app that mentions the word "Fart" or makes far noises gets approved, so just mention "Fart" somwhere in the code, or add a sound file for a fart!