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Thread: App Approval Process Revealed?!
08-22-2009, 06:49 PM #1
App Approval Process Revealed?!
What does it take to pry open the steel box that contains all of Apple's secrets? Magic? Weapons? A part of Google's private army ready to lay down their lives for the Google overlords? Nope, all it took was the FCC. The iron fist of the FCC has been able to break the fortified box that contains all of Apple's secrets.
So what goes into the approval of each app? About 40 full-time staff members who are in charge of reviewing about 8,500 applications a week. Each app requires at least 2 of the employees to review it before it is given the green light or rejected. Apparently there is also a second review tier, referred to as the "App Store executive review board" to review apps that provide complex issues.
What are the employees looking for exactly? The regular stuff:
- Stuff not for the kiddies
- Privacy Violations/Illegal Apps (such as for warez)
- and finally Apps are also reviewed for the stuff that gets to the heart of the matter: use of unauthorized protocols and "applications that degrade the core experience of the iPhone." This presumably covers Apple's contractual obligation not to overtax AT&T's fragile 3G network with TV or VOIP
You would think that Apple reviews each application with a certain amount of depth but CNET figured out that 40 people putting in 40 hours a week each to review 8,500 apps (on average) results in about 6 minutes per app per person. This means that in under 15 minutes an app can be rejected by Apple.
No wonder these guys make, as Apple concedes, "occasional mistakes." It's a wonder they get anything done at all.
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08-22-2009, 07:57 PM #2
Well, after all, Apple knows what's best for us right? If they don't approve an app we didn't need it anyway right? Arrogant a$$holes.iPhone 3GS 16GB 3.0fw White + Jailbroken
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08-22-2009, 08:12 PM #3
I agree, their arrogance surprises me sometimes.160GB iPod Classic
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08-22-2009, 08:25 PM #4
40 reviewer and how many apps per week..... serious apple need to start recuiting!
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08-22-2009, 09:30 PM #5
I read about this the other day. They should have way more people reviewing submitted apps
08-22-2009, 09:39 PM #6
08-22-2009, 10:17 PM #7
I am sure there is some sort of appeal process
there HAS to be....
08-25-2009, 05:26 AM #8
40 peeps for 8500 apps
$10 an hour x 40 hours x 40 people
or 400 peeps
its business, keep costs down.