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  • Apple Shutters Camera+ App Over Easter Eggs

    Apple went on an Easter Egg hunt. And the result is clear. The boys and girls from Cupertino don't like "Easter Eggs" - added, or dare I say "secret" funtionalities not overtly stated in the app's description or illustrated in the app's submission.

    As with previous examples of developers who tried to sneak one past Apple, Camera+, a hugely popular iPhone camera app, has been yanked from the App Store for violating the so-called Easter Egg provision - the developer agreement that strictly prohibits untold or unauthorized functions.

    Immediately following Camera+ getting pulled earlier this week, developer Tap tap tap hadn't spoken out about the unceremonious dump. But now, the dev said they tried to initially be forthright about the function allowing users to engage the physical volume control button as a shutter button to snap pics. Apple said no to the move because it employed the volume buttons in a "non-standard way, potentially resulting in user confusing." Once the company revealed a workaround for the banished functionality, Apple said no dice and the app was gone.

    "While we're disappointed with their decision, we're at least happy that they're being perfectly clear about the exact reason for the rejection and that they're being consistent about it," the dev said on the official company blog. "I was told that overriding the volume controls is one of the most common reasons for app rejection."

    As reported by Apple Insider, the Camera+ app was enormously lucrative. In its first month alone, it generated $253,000 in sales. The following month, it made slightly more at $254,000.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Shutters Camera+ App Over Easter Eggs started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by keith4298 View Post
      I wrote to Apple complaining that they can't support my app if it's not in the store and they credited my account or $1.99. Does that money come from the developer? If so, I'll send it to them direct. If not - woo hoo!
      that money does come from the developer, and apple chargers the dev the 30% they lost refunding you. so out of $1.99, you dev got paid $1.39, but now has to pay apple back the full 1.99

      Edit:that was my understanding, but i'm not 100% sure about apple taking the extra 30% back from the dev to preserve their own profits.
    1. 6309phone's Avatar
      6309phone -
      All they have to do is remove that part and the app can sell again. It's not banned AFAIK.
    1. Bladaw's Avatar
      Bladaw -
      Wow there's a lot of money to be made by developers it seems. Unless, that is, they develop something that subverts the original functionality of the idevice.

      Wouldn't it have been better for Apple to just make Tap tap tap have the volume button shutter as a setting in the app that was off by default. Saves the majority Apple's customer base from getting confused while allowing those who want the function to have it.

      Quote Originally Posted by poetofsound View Post
      Is there anyway to obtain the app if we don't have it?
      Maybe on apptrackr if you dont mind the piracy stigma. I typed "camera+" into the search and found 90+ apps. It might be one of those, I cbf to go through them.
    1. washamur's Avatar
      washamur -
      For those that do not know ... Camera+ is back.

      There's a HUGE list of updates, but the most important one obviously has been removed. You can no longer use the volume buttons for snapping pictures -- and unfortunetly SnapTap via Cydia doesn't work with it either.

      However, with the list of updates, it has officially taken over as my default camera app ... still no video though.
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      Stock camera is still the fastest one anyway.
    1. zachthecat's Avatar
      zachthecat -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      User confusion? Because people adjust the volume while trying to take a picture?
      Not to mention the iPod and other music apps shut down after the camera app is activated. I guess they don't want me to accidentally change the volume on my muted music and all.

      Team Apple!