Apple’s app review team takes a lot of heat from the iOS community. Their decisions on which apps are let into the App Store, and which ones get rejected, are often criticized for being either too strict or too lenient.

One reason why there’s so much grievance is that fact that people don’t quite understand the process or what it’s like to be an app reviewer. So a former Apple employee decided to clear things up…

Former software engineer Mike Lee recently spoke with Business Insider regarding what it’s like to be a part of Apple’s app review team. And apparently, it’s actually a pretty lousy gig.

“People have this idea that there are 100 people in India doing app reviews,” Lee tells Business Insider. “It’s just people in a building at Apple, and like every other part of Apple, they can’t get enough really good people. Apple will not compromise the quality of its teams to fill it in. I promise you it’s a lot smaller than you imagine.”

This is mind-boggling when you consider that Apple sees between 8,500 and 10,000 app submissions per week. And reviewers must scan each and every one for copyright and guideline infringement, as well as explicit content. In fact, Lee says the latter is particularly troublesome.

“It’s a very serious problem, trying to filter out things that no one is there to see. Somebody has to sit there and filter out all of those d*cks. You can’t let any of those get through. You have to err way on the side of safety. You have to have people sitting there looking at things that may or may not be d*cks all day long.”

It’s no surprise that filtering out these types of applications is of particular importance to Apple’s review team. Steve Jobs was extremely vocal about his company’s position on pornography, famously saying “If you want porn, get an Android.”

Nevertheless, while while we may wonder what they’re thinking sometimes, we have to admit that in general, Apple’s review team does a pretty good job of protecting the integrity of the App Store.

What do you think?

  • Falk M.

    If they are really less than 100, then hats off to these guys.

    And we all like the occasional slip-through that requires one less Cydia tweak 😛
    But overall, they are damn good at what they are doing, just wish the rules were less strict in some aspects.

    • Loopthree

      Strange comment. How do you know how good they are? You don’t see the apps that don’t get through.

      • Oh cummon…giv dem credit….dey truly deserve it…:)

      • thats the point … they never get thru

  • Aleksander Azizi

    They let many fake and scam app’s thrue ass well .

  • Nicolas Loots

    You said ‘while’ twice in your last sentence btw

  • FrankensteinBlack

    And guess what else is important? The app store comment system. It lets an app dev know right away if an update to an app had issues and helps to warn others to stay away until an update is posted. Perfect example was the recent DRM server bug that effected many apps.

    So where is Cydia’s comment system? You know like Rock had? The one Jay promised? We get that there is no room of people reviewing JB apps but the lack of a Cydia comment system is inexcusable! Its even more important since we are talking about JB apps here some of which require root/super user access.

    Jay wants to “ape” iTunes and G-Play but runs Cydia like a part time high school project. There are millions of endless horror stories across the blogs of JB apps gone horribly wrong that a Cydia comment system could have prevented.

    If Jay is concerned about griping then go the traditional app stores one better by giving the dev a mechanism to respond. He could even outsource the comment platform to blogs like idownload or modmyi in exchange for premium ad space.

    So whats the hold up as another 20 downloaded JB apps gimp another 1000 phones in the 10mins that it took to write this? NOTHING! JAY FREEMAN IS SIMPLY A LAZY SLUG (er CATERPILLAR-Laspeyresia)!!

    PS Jeff please use your influnce to save us all from the Curse (and blessing) that is Cydia (especially since Rock the competition was absorbed) TALK TO JAY ABOUT A LONG OVER DUE CYDIA COMMENT SYSTEM!!