28 July 2009 by Published in: iphone, rants Tags: No comments yet

Hi Steve,

I’m an iPhone developer. I’ve got four apps live in the store, one in review, and several more I’m working on. Plus the 3-4 apps that I’ve written for clients that they have listed under their own accounts.

TUAW says you pulled GV Mobile. Not only do I use this app every day, but I’m developing something similar (different service; similar functionality). This sort of thing strikes fear into the heart of app developers. Quite frankly I’m not sure about finishing my app anymore. There’s no place I can go to get Apple guidance on whether it will be approved.

TechCrunch thinks it has something to do with the official Google Voice app getting rejected, but I don’t want to speculate.

Anyway, I think that was a really crappy thing to do. And it was especially crappy that you (according to him) wouldn’t give him written confirmation because (according to him), you were “scared he would post it“. I’ve independently been hearing rumours of a secret cabal of app reviewers who call us when your rejections are too “sensitive” for normal means. If that’s true, it’s not very nice, Steve.

App developers are your friends. Thanks for the increased transparency with the software betas, but my word, all anyone really cares about is transparency from the app store.


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