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Apple offers status updates for App Store submissions

updated 05:55 pm EST, Wed November 11, 2009

Change comes after slew of complaints

Apple has unveiled a new system for disclosing the status of App Store submissions, according to Wired. The company's Dev Center website features a chart showing specific dates and times as the app waits for review, reaches the review process, and finally enters the App Store for general availability.

Although the change is unlikely to silence the widespread criticism of Apple's review process, the automatic updates are nonetheless a step forward. Many developers have complained of the time consuming and ineffective process of reaching Apple staff for progress information.

Status checks have been a comparatively minor complaint compared to frustration caused by inconsistent approvals and rejections. "iPhone and iPod touch Superguide" developers were told by the first reviewer to fix a bug and the app would be sent through, however the second representative demanded the title and icon to be changed to conform with the company's copyright terms in the SDK. Apple later apologized for the mess and approved the app, but only after the story received media attention.

Apple recently announced that the App Store had reached 100,000 unique titles and over two billion downloads in the short time since the portal was launched. The company has remained mum, however, on its reasoning behind many of the criticized policies.




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  1. ilovestevejobs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Useless Apps

    "Apple recently announced that the App Store had reached 100,000 unique titles."

    And how many are actually useful and not garbage? How many freakin useless apps are approved that contain 'Asian Big b****'?

    App store is just garbage IMO.

  1. ClickSpace

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Not all garbage

    Well, my app Tap Forms Database isn't garbage. I've worked really hard on it. It's great that they're now giving us some more information on statuses. But my app update is still sitting in "Waiting for Review". So it takes them a really long time just to get to them. This is after I just got rejected for some icons I licensed that they didn't like. So I made some changes and re-uploaded almost immediately. But I'm afraid that even after a rejection you seem to be put back at the bottom of the queue.

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