Ray Wenderlich, author of AppVault and special developer contributor at TouchMyApps has been struck by some bad luck decisions lately. Unfortunately, none of them are his. AppVault is one of a few premium apps which does its job extremely well. But that may have been the problem. Two nights ago, AppVault was removed from the App Store at the request of one of Ray’s competitors, ALLABOUTAPPS, on the grounds that AppVault is “too similar and infringed on their copyright” in AppBox. Ray rightly points out on his blog AppVault, that according to US copyright law, ideas cannot be copied. And according to Ray, AppVault has a superior feature set to AppBox.
Chillingo’s new action/RPG has fallen out of favour with Apple because of its Unity 3D engine roots which can call sneaky information-stealing API’s. Fortunately, Apple had the forethought to disprove of any app which uses those API’s and though Ravensword steals nothing more than a user’s time, it has caught Apple’s ban hammer. According to Chillingo, “the same APIs were used by iMobsters developer Storm8 to solicit contact information from players”. Apple are taking a strangely serious (and oddly moral) high ground with regard to a user’s personal information and will be re-assessing this much-anticipated game in the coming weeks.
Developers submit apps to Apple for approval and if all goes well, are given an approximate window when their app will appear at the App Store. Recently, an app was given the nod by Apple and its developer told that by the end of the month, it would be at the App Store. Well, three days later, in the first half of the October, it showed up for purchase. For some developers, premature app releases may ease birthing pains, but for some, quite the opposite is true.
FreedomVoice Systems‘ CEO, Eric Thomas informed his company that development on Newber app will stop. Apple have neither rejected nor approved approved it for the App Store after making FreedomVoice wait more than six months for an answer. “We followed all guidelines set by Apple”, says Thomas, “and never received comment from Apple as to why Newber application has not even been reviewed”. FreedomVoice have spend more than six months developing Newber and incurred 600 000$ in associated costs.