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Apple utilizes computer screening for App Store submissions

updated 06:45 pm EST, Mon November 16, 2009

Apps rejected for using private APIs

Apple has allegedly expanded its iPhone app review process to include computerized filtering of submissions, according to Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber. The new "static analysis tools" are designed to catch developers trying to use Apple's private APIs, which the iPhone SDK terms explicitly prohibits.

Apple is believed to restrict use of private APIs because of security concerns or compatibility issues if the features have yet to be finalized. The company has been known to leave the rule unenforced, however, as many apps have been approved even with private APIs.

An undocumented "proximityStateChanged" API was noticed last year in a Google Mobile update, enabling the voice search feature to be initiated by raising the iPhone to the ear. The App Store approval lead to speculation that Apple was providing preferential treatment to the search giant.

The automated filtering process is expected to help the company quickly spot violators of the SDK. It remains unclear if the rules will be strictly enforced, or if a certain amount of flexibility will remain. [via Gizmodo]




by MacNN Staff

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  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Good... Keep security tight as possible

    on the iPhone so the non-tech user doesn't have to be overly concerned about breaches. Make it as secure as a BlackBerry. I think that's the best way the iPhone can gain corporate acceptance.

  1. Dark Goob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Miscategorized news item

    This is a mis-categorized news item; I don't know how to contact the webmaster?

    This belongs in the iPhone section, not the Mac section. C'mon. Please, I did not want to read YAISMAAMS. (Yet Another IPhone Story Mis-categorized As As Mac Story).

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