Following yesterday’s announcement of the new in-app subscription program and policies, Apple has also updated their iOS App Store review guidelines.

Apple has strictly stated that developers who try to “cheat the system” (such as tricking the review process, stealing data from users, stealing another developer’s work, or manipulating the ratings) will have all their apps removed from the App Store and additionally, they will be permanently expelled from the developer program…

If you attempt to cheat the system (for example, by trying to trick the review process, steal data from users, copy another developer’s work, or manipulate the ratings) your apps will be removed from the store and you will be expelled from the developer program.

The updated iOS review guidelines also state that, overly duplicated apps such as fart, burp, flashlight and Kama Sutra apps, along with carrier restrictions on who may use a given app are prohibited.

Honestly, I think Apple has made the right decision cracking down on developers that aren’t obeying the rules. A lot of developers spend countless days or weeks on an app and it wouldn’t be fair for others to just steal their work. And not to mention, it’s really annoying seeing millions of flashlight/fart apps when most of them are exactly the same.

What say you?

  • sylvan

    First ! And thats BULLSHIT

    • SillyBear

      Golfclap

  • crappy

    there should also be a ban on restricting apps to certain s/w versions, folk shouldnt have to go through the hassle of re-jailbraking just to be able to use the latest ‘must have’ fad utility/gizmo. if that’s not possible then it should be made plainly obvious which versions its compatible with, that includes blog sites too 😛

    • Shrike1978

      The reason some things don’t work with older OS versions is that there are new API calls put into every iOS update, and if an updated version of an app uses a new call, there’s no way it can work with an older version of iOS. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to assume to the majority of people are going to be on the newest version of iOS, and I don’t think there’s any way to fault Apple for encouraging people to use the latest API’s. If I were a developer of a paid app, I know I’d develop for the majority, not the minority, and if a new API call would make my program better or easier to maintain, I wouldn’t hesitate to use it.

  • Best flashlight app is flashlight in cydia, and the only one to actually change your screen’s brightness.
    And why on earth would you look at fart and burp apps anyway?

    I’m quite overwhelmed by the amount of games too. Most aren’t worth mentioning.

    I prefer tools and utilities to useless tatty crap. Sure there’s a handful of games on my device (angry birds, cut the rope and fruit ninja…) and there’s been a lot I’ve tested and near instantly finished and/or deleted.

    I rarely even use installous (and have bought all good apps I’ve used from there anyway). If something’s in the charts it’s there for a pretty good reason (the star ratings and reviews help weed out the crap apps that pop up every other week… eg the fart apps)

    I don’t even see that many new apps that take my interest in the apps store, cydia tweaks are more my thing. So I can actually be more productive with my device!

    • AppleBits

      Couldn’t have said it better, myself. Good post.

  • Michael

    Why don’t we get rid of all the Jews while we are at it. Apple=Nazi

  • Hellraised

    True, Thumbs up Apple …

  • six4seven

    F*ck the App store!!!

    LONG LIVE CYDIA!!!!!!!!

    • Icyhotonmynuts

      No thanks. Keep the App store just where it is. The fewer the people develop for Cydia, the less likely crap apps like fart apps will show up on there.

  • Andy

    What six4seven said. Cydia is gonna love this. I’m glad I don’t subscribe to any apps because I’m curious (and excited) to see who starts dropping out of the appstore over this.

  • HWO

    Is good to have both app store and cydia. And is good they work in housekeeping.

  • It’s True, Apple is Big Brother. Remember the 1984 Apple commercial? I think they where trying to warn us.