Just when we thought they couldn't get any more absurd, Apple has given us another App store rejection for the books. According to a tweet by Jason Snell, Macworld Editor-in-Chief, Apple has rejected an e-book app version of "Macworld iPhone Superguide," a reference manual about the iPhone, for containing the word iPhone.
According to App Shopper, Apple has approved more than 100,000 apps for the App Store, 100,867 to be precise (at the time of writing this). Of course this number is somewhat misleading as there are only 92,310 currently live in the App Store. This is, of course, due to some applications either being pulled by their respective developers or by Apple. Regardless of this fact, it's pretty great to see how quickly the store has grown in just over one year.
Apple's most recently reported App Store download count was two billion with 85,000 apps in the store, reported in late September.
Apple has approved an official Vonage VoIP application to give users the ability to make voice calls over WiFi, as does the Skype app for iPhone. The restriciton to WiFi only is part of an agreement with AT&T to not allow customers to use their network to initiate VoIP sessions.
In recent weeks, Apple has gone through a moderate firestorm on its App Store, rejecting Google's Google Voice application while at the same time pulling third-party Google Voice-based apps, thus leaving their developers to swallow refund costs that exceeded their initial per-sale earnings. Today, TUAW following up on a Daring Fireball story of a dictionary application being censored, has learned that Apple has begun rejecting all e-book submissions because "this category of applications is often used for the purpose of infringing upon third party rights. We have chosen to not publish this type of application to the App Store."
Apple has banned a publisher of over 800 apps from the App Store after receiving third-party intellectual property complaints on more than 100 of his applications. It appears that Khalid Shaikh, the developer in question, merely pulled subject material from the web without providing unique content of his own, and without the owner's permission.
Apple has said that they won't allow any pornography applications into the App Store, but their ability to catch it seems to be questionable. One app has been found that slipped past their radar, and it's by far the most explicit app yet. Called theXchange, the app is intended to put people in contact with each other to have sex, and has imagery that is about as explicit as it gets. (Censored images after the break.)
Apple has struck again with another absurd App Store rejection. Developer Kenneth Ballenegger recently received a rejection notice for an update to an app that included only back-end bug fixes and performance enhancements, with no apparent reason being given other than that "Apple reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject an application for any reason."
Apple is drawing bad publicity once again for controversially denying yet another app for "explicit content", even though the content in question can be accessed on the internet and even by other apps in the App Store. App developer Jamie Montgomerie explained in an entry on his blog that his eBook reader app, Eucalyptus, has been repeatedly denied getting published in the App Store due to it's ability to access the Kama Sutra.
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Teznor announced on Twitter earlier today that Apple has allowed the update to the NIN:Access app to be released in the App Store, unchanged. It s believed that Apple may have caved under the intense criticism and allowed it through. He also added that the update should fix many of the crashing issues with the app. [via Engadget]