Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Jun 2009 13:25 UTC
Apple During last week's Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple introduced a new iPhone model, the iPhone 3GS, which comes, among other things, with a faster processor and more RAM. Since this is a developers' conference, there were also numerous sessions on iPhone development, and the last session was about publishing on the App Store. Since every session at every WWDC is always followed by an open Q&A session, you'd figure this'd be the perfect opportunity for iPhone developers to ask about Apple's App Store policies. Well, no.
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RE: OSNews hates Apple
by mabhatter on Thu 18th Jun 2009 05:41 UTC in reply to "OSNews hates Apple"
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Anyone in that session, with half of brain, knew apple wasn't going to do QA. I was there, and I predicted to other developers that they wouldn't. 1500 developers probably had 5000 questions.

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Is apple supposed to have an answer concerning every single app a developer is working on. There are some ground rules to developing and submitting an app, and if you don't investigate them, then you are dumb.


The answer is YES, if it's normal practice to have Q&A and they left the hottest topic with the most pressing questions for last, then yeah, it looks like they planned all along not to answer questions and bold for the door... that's the LAST thing they left Developers taking home from their conference! Apple bolts for the door (unless you're one of the 30 of 1500 they bothered to talk to)

Yes, Apple IS supposed to have an answer for every developer... they alone reserve the right to approve or reject apps... they are the ONLY people that can give a real answer.

The app market right now is incredibly fickle. Go to apple fan sites and every few days now, another app that was a "sure thing" is shot down because Apple has decided a paying partner might make that app, or the phone company suddenly didn't like the app, or it has access to public information with "dirty words" in it, even though another app on iphone can go to the same place and get the same info. The process is opaque and in many cases they REFUSE to point to where in those "ground rules" the developer went wrong.. leaving it to mostly "we said so".

this would have been a good chance for Apple to sit down and explain.. to put something out there developers could work from, to clarify information about the process. Sounds like all they did was to read from the website, not throwing any kind of bone to the uncertainty that "your" app will be qualified for the store or not. This was a "Developer Conference" Apple should have been ready to address THE biggest issue with the iPhone app process.. they clearly weren't and simply "stuck their head in the sand" and ran away from the problems.

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