updated 03:30 pm EDT, Wed April 6, 2011
Ads Tube rejected for 'lack of functionality'
Apple's newly-released iAd Gallery app may be a copy of an earlier, rejected third-party title, reports say. Several months ago a developer submitted Ads Tube, which like Gallery collects iAds into a single place for easy viewing. The app was denied from the App Store however, based on what Apple explained was a "lack of functionality."
If the rejection was not purely coincidental, Apple either deliberately copied Ads Tube or blocked it because it was already working on iAd Gallery. The company has frequently blocked apps that compete with its own; for some time for example alternate web browsers were not allowed, Opera Mini being the first major entry. Apple also initially denied Google Voice, which can potentially offer cheaper alternatives to the voice plans sold by Apple's iPhone carrier partners.