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PhoneGap titles being rejected at App Store?

updated 10:45 am EDT, Tue May 19, 2009

PhoneGap vs. App Store

An disproportionate number of titles based on PhoneGap have been rejected at the App Store, say developers. The open-source platform allows for the creation of apps compatible with multiple cellphones, as a result of being based on JavaScript and HTML. Several reasons may exist, however, for Apple issuing rejection letters, the developers propose.

Among these may be a present incompatibility of PhoneGap with the iPhone 3.0 beta, although Apple only recently began instructing developers that new submissions should be compatible. The company may also dislike the "online" mode in PhoneGap, which can theoretically allow developers to update apps after they have already been submitted. It is said though to be common practice for coders to withdraw and resubmit an app with each update.

It is also argued that Apple may not like the presence of cross-platform apps, which invalidate any special advantage the iPhone may have over devices like the Palm Pre. Analysts have argued that the primary draw of the iPhone is its software, rather than hardware; it is thought however that with regard to PhoneGap, it is likely only technical issues that are providing a convenient anti-competitive bonus. Successful submissions may resume once compatibility issues are smoothed out.

by MacNN Staff



  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Rejected as an SDK on SDK

    Phone gap is apparently a runtime library that you bundle with a Phonegap app so it is probably being rejected for the same reason as Java or some other runtime engine would be rejected.

  1. martinX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Some apps available

    I don't if all these apps were made using PhoneGap, but this page ( has 19 apps listed. If some are getting through but not all, I'd be looking more closely at the apps that aren't making it rather than the platform.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The article gives 'possible' reasons, but not the actual reasons. I guess this is because (a) Apple still doesn't give reasons why they are rejected, and (b) the letters are under some stupid NDA (because, otherwise, MS would start rejecting applications with the same reasons or something).

    Of course, I'm not sure why Apple has an arbitrary rule about not allowing runtime engines, yet allows Safari to have a javascript engine.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm not in favor

    of cross-platform apps. I don't want any other platforms sharing stuff with the iPhone platform. I feel sorry for the developers if they aren't given enough information as to why their apps are being rejected, but with Apple it's either my way or the highway. They might as well get used to it.

    Before the rest of us get upset, we should at least see if other corporate app stores start rejecting apps for similar reasons. But whether they do or don't, that's up to them. Apple doesn't need to make their decisions based on other companies standards.

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