updated 08:02 am EDT, Wed October 10, 2012
Apple Mac developers are getting frustrated by increasing waiting times to have their apps approved by Apple for sale through the Mac App Store portal. Data from Shiny Development shows that waiting times for Mac app approvals have blown out to 27 days over the past month. This compares with just 7 days to get an app approved for the iOS App Store.
People familiar with the matter believe the blow out in Mac app approvals is a direct result of the launch of iOS 6 on September 19. Apple is said to have shifted its Mac app approval staff across to the iOS team in order to help process apps being submitted for iOS 6 approval. In particular, it is thought that Apple has been keen to push through as many apps that take advantage of the new taller 4-inch Retina display on the new iPhone.
While it is good news for iOS developers, Mac developers are hoping that the rush to have iOS apps approved will be starting to taper off. However, they remain at the mercy of Apple’s internal processes if they choose to sell their apps through the Mac App Store. Unlike iOS apps, Mac apps can still be purchased through any web portal. However, the Apple Mac App Store is gaining traction and the ability to target a specific Mac audience means that Mac app developers have little choice but to wait it out.