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  • Company Publishes 943 iPhone Apps in 9 Months, Gets Banned from AppStore


    So... I'm not sure whether to be more disappointed with Apple or the publisher on this one. Khalid Shaikh, founder of Perfect Acumen (now doesn't that website just bleed confidence-in-company and originality), until recently had over 900 apps in the AppStore. 943 to be exact. In under 9 months. That's a little under 4 apps a day.... for 250 days. His company is based out of Pakistan, and has 26 employees on a "strict schedule of 12 hours a day, 6 days a week." Sounds fresh and invigorating.

    All the apps were $4.99.

    Apple recently completely revoked his developer license and pulled all the apps out of the AppStore.

    Now, mind you, Apple approved every one of these apps. Some took up to 6 weeks, but they all made through the review process. Most all of them were apps that simply pulled info from an RSS feed somewhere (not even his content) and displayed it. The apps were then called like "US Army News" or "WWE Updates." WWE Updates didn't even work - half the time you'd get news about Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson in the WWE might have been funny, but it sure never happened.

    Apparently, from comments made over the phone to MobileCrunch, Shaikh was pulling in thousands of dollars DAILY from sales. Which makes absolute sense, but holy crApps... people will buy anything.

    So the question that begs to be answered is - what the crap, Apple? However lame the guy's apps were, nearly a thousand of them were approved BY APPLE, and the guy was then generating a small fortune, most likely into the hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly. Apple cut that 100% in an instant. The guy's stuff never should have been allowed in the first place if they had an issue with it - or for SURE not 1000 of them. I mean... I could see a few dozen slipping by (I'm sure there's hundreds and hundreds of reviewers), but... 943? Honest? And then to completely pull the plug without warning? What is going on in Cupertino?

    And Perfect Acumen isn't the only story like this - another company named Brighthouse Labs has over 2000 apps in the AppStore which are similar - information aggregators. Another great reason to sell your app in the Cydia Store, ha.

    Is this ok? Who should be the judge? Does a crappy app mean you shouldn't be able to sell it? What makes a crappy app? How many is too many, and why? Is any of this objective? Apple's definitely dropping the ball here, but I don't envy them their position of simultaneous benefactor and hangman.

    MobileCrunch via ipodnn
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Company Publishes 943 iPhone Apps in 9 Months, Gets Banned from AppStore started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 78 Comments
    1. travis_t80's Avatar
      travis_t80 -
      People are always looking for a way to make a buck. This guy found it. Whether it be the correct way or not, that is not for me to decide, but if Apple let the apps through, then I don't blame the guy for continuing to make more apps for more income.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      No warning? I heard Apple asked them to remove some copyright material repeatedly. And that would be the reason they lost their license, because they didn't.

      But that's just what I heard. I don't know if it's true.
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      Awesome. Time to clean up the app store of useless junk.
    1. soto806's Avatar
      soto806 -
      if i could make thousands of dollars a day, i wouldn't be sitting here right now!
    1. bredfan's Avatar
      bredfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      No warning? I heard Apple asked them to remove some copyright material repeatedly. And that would be the reason they lost their license, because they didn't.

      But that's just what I heard. I don't know if it's true.

      You are exactly correct. Apple sites copyright issues, and no action by the dev after several warnings.

      I'm a huge fan of this site, and loathe Apple's inconsistent App Store policies as much as the next guy. However, this isn't very responsible reporting and begs for an "update".
    1. lord ryttingham's Avatar
      lord ryttingham -
      it has gotten to the point that it is damn near impossible to find a good app in the appstore. i dont buy anything unless it has a free version i can try out first, and it usually sucks so i dont end up buying it anyway. i am starting to drift toward cydia as my principal source for apps.
    1. JJMA's Avatar
      JJMA -
      Cydia rocks
    1. BSmith's Avatar
      BSmith -
      So what about the consumer? What happens when they need to redownload the app that they paid for?

      Apple sold the product, they need to somewhat support the product still.
    1. JJMA's Avatar
      JJMA -
      Good point I do not see anyone getting money back from the developer
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by BSmith View Post
      So what about the consumer? What happens when they need to redownload the app that they paid for?

      Apple sold the product, they need to somewhat support the product still.
      I contacted Apple on this and was told "Tuffsky Shitskie"
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      BREAKING NEWS!!!!! Apple is going to do a better job of screening their apps so not as much junk is listed. They are also going to give back their 30% of the profit (because they really do care about their customers) to all that bought that crap and any other crap that they allowed on the APP site. Also a 1 hour trial period on all APPs purchased will immediately go into effect. OK, A PERSON ALLOWED TO DREAM. ARN'T THEY.
    1. alpawa's Avatar
      alpawa -
      Maybe Intel infected Apple's soul with the same disease that afflicts Microsoft... Sure looks like it...
    1. TSMWIN85's Avatar
      TSMWIN85 -
      Sometimes I wonder if Apple treats it's customers and developers like **** to prove people will still buy their prodructs, at whatver cost they choose.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by TSMWIN85 View Post
      Sometimes I wonder if Apple treats it's customers and developers like **** to prove people will still buy their prodructs, at whatver cost they choose.
      haha. its like spousal abuse
    1. ianbroste's Avatar
      ianbroste -
      If it is copyright infringement why didnt any of apples app approvers catch it before it was approved? apple too is just pissed off that someone is using their ****** approval system to their advantage like with "I Am Rich." The app store is a joke, there are way way way to many pointless overpriced apps and good apps are 1 in 1000 on there. the app store should be reduced from the 65,000 apps to maybe 10,000 or atleast give us some more search options.
    1. spider_pig448's Avatar
      spider_pig448 -
      Apple is really on the wrong track recently.
      I mean the whole, jailbreaking is for drug dealers, accepting apps, then pulling them, Apple's starting to piss me off.

      And the huge prototype scene, with the guy commiting suicide
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      Whew!!! I thought I was the only one stupid enough to pay for junk! (Haha)
      We all are.
      We all brought the iPhone so that proves we all are stupid.

      Quote Originally Posted by spider_pig448 View Post
      Apple is really on the wrong track recently.
      I mean the whole, jailbreaking is for drug dealers, accepting apps, then pulling them, Apple's starting to piss me off.

      And the huge prototype scene, with the guy commiting suicide
      Starting now? Took your time to get pissed at Apple.
      I was pissed at them from day one for releasing such a crap phone at such a high price.
    1. nomiqw's Avatar
      nomiqw -
      i would say apples fault if they were to pull the plug why do it now why not wen they were getting approved
    1. ronfin44's Avatar
      ronfin44 -
      I wonder if Apple thinks MMS is for drug dealers too.*sigh*

      Apple is the ying and yang of ridiculousness. On the one hand they create the best device made-to-date, but on the other hand they do everything they possibly can to ef it up. It's like the Three Stooges are running the company and Curly's in charge of quality control. nyuck nyuck nyuck
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Maybe one day? One day? Apple will make up their mind.... there are many apps that should have never been allowed in the appstore in the first place...... jailbreaking is for drug dealers, I think Apple is on drugs?