• AppRejections.com Launched by Frustrated iPhone Developer

    Perhaps JR Raphael at PC World put it best: "iPhone App Rejected? There's a site for that"

    In what amounts to yet another visible expression of the frustration many possess in response to the substantial number of iPhone and iPod applications rejected by Apple for reasons that continue to escape anyone's understanding - including, at times, even some who work at Apple - a new website has been launched to serve as a repository for the would-be applications that never made it through the App Store's approval process.

    Enter AppRejections.com, a new Web site designed to track and catalog all the "unusual" and "unfair" rejections from Apple's App Store. Launched just days ago by UK-based iPhone developer Adam Martin, App Rejections takes a strong stance against Apple's methods.
    The new site essentially serves as a database for rejected applications and running commentary about Apple's reasoning for the rejection. And Martin doesn't pull any punches when referring to Apple and some of their "unskilled staff." Indeed, he lets lose and tells us exactly what he perceives to be Apple's "problem" on an app by app basis. His site is also set up for public feedback, something bound to attract other frustrated developers and iPhone users.

    On the whole, Martin's website may by new, but his argument isn't. He is simply the latest scorned developer looking for an outlet to vent. And instead of taking to a blog or penning a nasty email, he has set up a website that has already gained considerable traction and received a fairly large amount of media attention.

    There are now more than 100,000 iPhone applications available on the App Store. However, Apple has a secret, undocumented, unquestionable, random process for deciding which applications to allow onto the deck.
    Ultimately, will the existence of AppRejections.com actually achieve anything? Can it prompt Apple to revise or at least make more transparent the inner workings of its app approval process? Like most others, I'm not holding my breath for that moment to come. It is safe to say, however, that Martin is bound to get the attention of Apple - assuming he hasn't already. At present, Martin is embarking on the unenviable task of sifting through backlogs of all Apple rejections in hopes of offering coverage on his website for each documented app rejection.

    Since Apple point-blank refuses to document the criteria, or even to discuss the matter on anything except a case-by-case basis. I decided to collate all the known examples of rejected apps -- and so this site was born.
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