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Schiller Responds to Panic Developer’s App Store Concerns

Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller, has responded to concerns over App Store policies for a second time. This time to Panic co-founder Steven Frank personal boycott on developing applications for the iPhone.

Mr. Frank said on his blog that the email reply from Mr. Schiller could be summed up as "We're listening to your feedback."

Mr. Schiller also told him that concerns over wide-spread blocking of ebook readers at the App Store -- Apple's iTunes-based store where iPhone and iPod touch owners can purchase applications -- were unfounded, but that one specific ebook reader had been rejected because it allowed iPhone users to share potentially copyright protected works.

Mr. Schiller's email came in response to earlier blog posts from Mr. Frank calling Apple to task over iPhone application rejection policies and the apparent lack of consistency in how they are applied. In those posts, he targeted Apple's rejection of Google's own Google Voice application and offered some suggestions on how Apple could improve the application approval process.

Last week, Mr. Schiller responded to Daring Fireball's John Gruber about his report that Apple was censoring specific words in one company's dictionary application. Mr. Schiller said the developer chose to block certain words itself to get its application in the store ahead of Apple's new 17+ rating system.

While the likelihood that Phil Schiller plans to personally respond to every publicly voiced concern over App Store policies is slim, he has at least made one point clear: Apple seems to be listening.

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nealg said:

With thousands of developers for the iPhone, instead of making a big deal out of every single complaint that someone has with Apple and the App Store, it would be nice if someone actually did some real investigation/reporting and do a survey about how developers really feel about the iTunes store. Maybe Apple has done this on an internal level but it would be nice to get some external real numbers/percentages about how developers really feel, not just 1 or 2 that might have a a beef with Apple, legitimate or not. Jeff, Brian or John, are you interested in this at all?



dave said:

“Mr. Schiller said the developer chose to block certain words itself to get its application in the store ahead of Apple’s new 17+ rating system.”

Phil knows this is only the partial truth.  When the app was submitted (and rejected by Apple), the developer was given NO indication of WHEN the new 17+ rating system would be available.  Now, AFTER the fact, Phil can say, see, he should have just waited a week or two.  But this statement is stupid for Phil to claim as being reasonable, because the developer had no wait of knowing it at the time.  And Apple MOST DEFINITELY didn’t tell him when the 17+ rating would be available.

And it’s even more ridiculous, given that there already were dictionary apps in the app store, with much lower age ratings, with at least some of the EXACT same words that the reviewer singled out as being objectionable.


Bosco (Brad Hutchings) said:

Until Apple allows its customers to install software on their iPhones and iPod Touches without having to get the software through the App Store, Schiller will be doing a lot of schilling for a system that can’t be fixed.

So here’s another frustration this developer has with the iPhone and iPod Touch. I made a little procrastinator clock app for the Mac that is getting a lot of buzz on Twitter this week. Find it here. I’d love to make just an iPhone Web App that does the same thing. Guess what? Web apps can’t hide the status bar, so the real time is always displayed in the center. No user setting to get rid of it. And when you read the HIG for real iPhone apps, hiding the status bar is strongly discouraged. To me, it’s another small example of how Apple thinks the device belongs to Apple and not the user. To me, that’s the biggest downside of Apple these days.


Lee Dronick said:

I made a little procrastinator clock app for the Mac that is getting a lot of buzz on Twitter this week

I followed the link, interesting app Bosco. I usually set ahead the clocks in our autos to help us get to work or an appointment on time.


MaxW said:

Bosco, you webpage seems to be blocked in China. You might want to give Beijing a call and ask them about that. wink


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