• Company Publishes 943 iPhone Apps in 9 Months, Gets Banned from AppStore

    So... I'm not sure whether to be more disappointed with Apple or the publisher on this one. Khalid Shaikh, founder of Perfect Acumen (now doesn't that website just bleed confidence-in-company and originality), until recently had over 900 apps in the AppStore. 943 to be exact. In under 9 months. That's a little under 4 apps a day.... for 250 days. His company is based out of Pakistan, and has 26 employees on a "strict schedule of 12 hours a day, 6 days a week." Sounds fresh and invigorating.

    All the apps were $4.99.

    Apple recently completely revoked his developer license and pulled all the apps out of the AppStore.

    Now, mind you, Apple approved every one of these apps. Some took up to 6 weeks, but they all made through the review process. Most all of them were apps that simply pulled info from an RSS feed somewhere (not even his content) and displayed it. The apps were then called like "US Army News" or "WWE Updates." WWE Updates didn't even work - half the time you'd get news about Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson in the WWE might have been funny, but it sure never happened.

    Apparently, from comments made over the phone to MobileCrunch, Shaikh was pulling in thousands of dollars DAILY from sales. Which makes absolute sense, but holy crApps... people will buy anything.

    So the question that begs to be answered is - what the crap, Apple? However lame the guy's apps were, nearly a thousand of them were approved BY APPLE, and the guy was then generating a small fortune, most likely into the hundreds of thousands of dollars monthly. Apple cut that 100% in an instant. The guy's stuff never should have been allowed in the first place if they had an issue with it - or for SURE not 1000 of them. I mean... I could see a few dozen slipping by (I'm sure there's hundreds and hundreds of reviewers), but... 943? Honest? And then to completely pull the plug without warning? What is going on in Cupertino?

    And Perfect Acumen isn't the only story like this - another company named Brighthouse Labs has over 2000 apps in the AppStore which are similar - information aggregators. Another great reason to sell your app in the Cydia Store, ha.

    Is this ok? Who should be the judge? Does a crappy app mean you shouldn't be able to sell it? What makes a crappy app? How many is too many, and why? Is any of this objective? Apple's definitely dropping the ball here, but I don't envy them their position of simultaneous benefactor and hangman.

    MobileCrunch via ipodnn
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