Earlier this month developer Return7 reported that Apple had rejected an update to their iPhone app CastCatcher [App Store, $3.99] from being posted in the App Store on the grounds of excessive bandwidth usage. The explanation didn't seem to fit since its bandwidth usage hadn't changed in the update, and the app still used much less than some apps. Fortunately, Apple has since come to their senses and approved the update. The reason for the sudden change is unknown. [via MacRumors]
Apple may be tightening their restrictions for apps that use a lot of bandwidth in the App Store. According to iPhone app developer Return7, Apple has rejected their most recent version update to their internet radio app CastCatcher [App Store]. The reason they gave was that the app used too much bandwidth.
21 year old German programmer has created a cool native app for planning trips in Berlin. The app used GPS and a map of Berlin's subway system to show you where the nearest subway station is. Earlier this month, however, Apple temporarily removed the app from the App Store at the request of BVG, Berlin's subway operator.
With the controversy around Apple's removal of several apps like Podcaster, there's been some uncertainty about exactly what would be able to get into the App Store. Well, now we can check web browsers off the list. The NY Times wrote about Opera Software earlier today, in which they revealed that the Opera browser has already been submitted and rejected from the App Store.
Peter Hosey, contributing developer of projects like Adium and Growl, has created a refrence website listing all of the apps he could find that had been rejected or pulled from the App Store against the developer's wishes. The list, titled the iPhone Applications Graveyard, includes apps like the infamous NetShare, Tris, and Podcaster.
Now that Apple has cut off his ability to distribute Podcaster using legitimate means, it's developer has released the app onto Cydia for use on jailbroken devices. To purchase the app, users must go to NextDayOff.com and purchase a license with paypal. If you don't feel like spending the $4.99 he's asking, you can use it without a license for 14 days.
As if their app distribution practices weren't unpopular enough, Podcaster developer Alex Sokirynsky wrote in a blog post that has already been removed (probably because it violated his NDA) that Apple has cut him off from distributing any more legitimate copies of Podcaster though their ad hoc distribution method.
In what appears to be a response to the swarm of bad press surrounding the controversial rejection of certain apps from the App Store, Apple has now extended their NDA to include the contents of the rejection letters sent to the developers notifying them that their app has been rejected. The move makes it a breech of the legally binding SDK agreement to share the contents of the email.
Yet another app has felt the wrath of App Store rejection. Angelo Dinardi wrote in his blog about an app he had created and submitted to Apple for review called MailWrangler. The app used webkit to allow a user to view multiple Gmail accounts using the same application, logging them in automatically. Unlike the mail app, it allows a user to "see threaded views, your google contacts, archive (quickly), star, etc".
Podcaster, an application for subscribing, downloading, and streaming podcasts directly to the iPhone, was recently rejected from the App Store. According to Podcaster's developer, Alex S, the Apple rep said that "Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes." was the reason for the rejection.