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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. Houdini7's Avatar
      Houdini7 -
      Some seem to miss the true point here. When an app is submitted to Apple the Developer (Not Apple) Declares that They (The Developer) Hold ALL copyrights to All materials for their App.

      This Joker clearly did not hold copyrights to the material he was re-branding as his. The real owners complained, and the apps removed.

      Apple can not possibly track down every copyright holder and confirm that the content in every app is registered/licensed by the app developer, that's the Developers' job.
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Houdini7 View Post
      Some seem to miss the true point here. When an app is submitted to Apple the Developer (Not Apple) Declares that They (The Developer) Hold ALL copyrights to All materials for their App.

      This Joker clearly did not hold copyrights to the material he was re-branding as his. The real owners complained, and the apps removed.

      Apple can not possibly track down every copyright holder and confirm that the content in every app is registered/licensed by the app developer, that's the Developers' job.
      Now this seems to make sense......
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      And this developer is why people jailbreak and pirate apps

      Quantity over quality for a cheap buck
    1. xwinger's Avatar
      xwinger -
      Good to see less crap like that in the app store!
    1. headlesslizard's Avatar
      headlesslizard -
      Oh really guys? If you had half the chance, you'd do the same. Apart from the copyright stuff, why should his apps have been pulled? If they abide by the rules, I don't see the problem. So what if they're a piece of crap, people CHOOSE to buy them, if they get a low rating, you don't buy it. Oh and to those who say people should get warning for low rated apps etc. That's very unfair, people who make GOOD apps which lack a feature etc, people rate down. Especially free ones. Is that really fair? I'll admit, I do find it difficult to browse sometimes, but perhaps Apple could add a rating filter? There solved.
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      Wonderful news. Well done Apple. Although it should'nt have approved them in the first place. It is suckers like us who have been the victim. If only they let us free trials all the software first, thieves like this might not have the chance to rip us off, at least not in the scale at present.

      Too much gargage that should be cleaned up in the Applestore, making browsing and buying stuff so difficult these days.

      Time of iFart should be over. Time for quality software now.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by eaglesteve View Post
      .... It is suckers like us who have been the victim..... .
      I'll bet owners of these 943 $4.99/ea junk-ware apps have a fair chance of winning a class-action lawsuit against Apple. Sure, the primary defendant is the developer, but there is no doubt Apple has responsibilities --- regardless of what their Terms and Conditions says. I'll take a lot of time and money, for sure. Something large corporations are betting we don't have
    1. neonsector's Avatar
      neonsector -
      this will be Apples downfall, their ****** attitude.
      Every single time I go into the apple store I get annoyed with the idiotic know it all moronic *geniuses*
      Apple thinks their **** dont stink and that are better than anyone else.
      When Hand Jobs is dead and gone they will go back to being **** once again.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Macrumors posted a story about how the developer was/is trying to sell the company.

      Previous auction listings show an interesting trail of information for the business, with the first auction in January indicating that the business had 5 employees and earned $1800 per month in revenue, all the way to the current listing that states the business has 60 employees located in Pakistan with revenue between $10,000 and $50,000 per month. Shaikh also reveals in this listing that headcount is expected to increase to "120 to 240" by the end of this year and that they plan to have over 10,000 apps within this same time frame.
      Glad they stopped him before he hit the 10k apps mark this year that he was saying.

      Story: MacRumors iPhone Blog: Banned App Store Developer Had Been Trying to Auction Off Business
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      i wish i knew how to develop crappy apps that i could sell for a small fortune lol
    1. Meglomaniac's Avatar
      Meglomaniac -
      i guess apple just liked to get the numbers of apps created as high as possible.
      we all know how they like to show numbers on those keynodes.

      but crap or not i think its wrong to first aprove all those apps and pull the plug at the end just like that.
      that will scare some new upcomming developers in maybe not wanting to waste their time into something that can be taken away like that.
    1. LrdBane's Avatar
      LrdBane -
      Thats always the thing that bugged me with virtual software. No way you can test drive it unless there was a demo option, no preview. Only way you could is if someone already did and put a video. I was not even worried about GV at first cause I figured i'd never use it. On paper sounded odd. I saw videos of it and now I'm in line to try it. There is no return policy when you buy a crappy app from the app store so I guess its a big reason why I dont get many paid apps until i get to see it in action. I also agree that while this is an effort to show the app police is in full force its like letting a robber hit house after house and you have seen how he does it, watch as he moves about, picks up what he leaves behind THEN nab him and say your doing your job all in the long run.

      Speaking of apps I found one that keeps track of all the sales and free limited download periods. Called AppMiner. I've found a few games that were offered free. Some I still play and most i've already deleted cause they were bad but didn't cost me 99cents.
    1. eaglesteve's Avatar
      eaglesteve -
      Quote Originally Posted by LrdBane View Post
      Speaking of apps I found one that keeps track of all the sales and free limited download periods. Called AppMiner.
      Pandora box is another one. Thanks for mentioning AppMiner. I'll check it out too.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LrdBane View Post
      Speaking of apps I found one that keeps track of all the sales and free limited download periods. Called AppMiner. I've found a few games that were offered free. Some I still play and most i've already deleted cause they were bad but didn't cost me 99cents.
      Appsniper is also a good one to track sales. I use it daily and have got great deals.

      You can put something you got an eye on in the list and when it sees a cut in the price it notifies you.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Good on Apple. They need to get rid of more crap.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      yay!
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by neonsector View Post
      this will be Apples downfall, their ****** attitude.
      Every single time I go into the apple store I get annoyed with the idiotic know it all moronic *geniuses*
      Apple thinks their **** dont stink and that are better than anyone else.
      When Hand Jobs is dead and gone they will go back to being **** once again.
      The demonstration of your Exceptional foresight and staggering intelligence and been duly noted.
    1. blazingangel1986's Avatar
      blazingangel1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vedavis View Post
      "So many junk." And Google Voice gets rejected? What the hell is going here?
      same drama all over again apple just dose as they please
    1. vedavis's Avatar
      vedavis -
      Not being an app dev, I haven't seen anything in writing about the actual AppStore approval process and who's responsible. There must be someone at the top of chain that says go / no go.
    1. GHOSTYAIRO's Avatar
      GHOSTYAIRO -
      Apple is simply panicking (did I write it right), They're loosing control and doing some stuff to cover some other errors, Bravo apple you're fixing what you f*&^ in the first place.