∞ Gruber on changes to the App Store policies

Apple took a huge step today by changing some of the policies governing the way developers create apps for the iOS. Apple also published guidelines for the review process of apps, making it easier for developers to know exactly what is acceptable.

I love these no-nonsense guidelines:

  • We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps.
  • If your app doesn’t do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted.
  • If your App looks like it was cobbled together in a few days, or you’re trying to get your first practice App into the store to impress your friends, please brace yourself for rejection. We have lots of serious developers who don’t want their quality Apps to be surrounded by amateur hour.

A Taste of What’s New in the Updated App Store License Agreement and New Review Guidelines [Daring Fireball]

  • Robb

    People get huffy on the issue of Apps acceptance in the Apple Apps Store. Have you noticed this indignation? Is Apple required to sell porn in the App Store? Apparently some folk think so. Is Apple required to put crappy, buggy, poorly programmed and software that threatens the stability of the entire platform (i.e. Adobe Flash 10)? Apparently, there are those who scream CENSORED! and that Steve Jobs is no better than Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge in his treatment of poor unassuming apps developers when their software is rejected.

    Personally, I prefer there be some standards applied for crap, virus’, malware, and trojan horses and the general junk you find on any and all shareware, freeware and pirateware sties. Sure, there is good and decent software to be found in the open source and freeware world, however, I think that any effort made to assure the quality my computing experience is upheld, I’m all for it.

    • Jim Dalrymple

      I agree Robb.

  • “We’ve built a golden cage for both the developers and the customers. You may choose how to decorate the interior, but be advised, everything that goes in will be checked first.”

  • Eric

    With all the mediocre and buggy stuff that gets in, I’m hoping this means they are going to weed out some of the bad stuff too. If you want to be in the app store, then have the discipline and develop your expertise so that it’s not rejected.

    Isn’t it funny how things change with the times. Apple knows what side of its bread is buttered. And they will continue to evolve as the market does. Anyone who thinks Apple can’t change isn’t paying attention.

  • Baz

    I’m sure most of the people complaining about the App store policies have Wiis/XBoxes/PS3’s and don’t see the irony in what they’re saying.

  • Daniel Swanson

    Thanks, Jim, for those excerpts from the App Store Review Guidelines.

    As an aspiring developer, myself, in my own learning phase of the whole iOS development process, I’m both heartened and excited that Apple has spent so much time and attention on: providing ever better development tools; providing its Human Interface Guidelines; running its annual WWDC’s; setting quality standards for iOS apps; providing its generous terms for its App Store; but most importantly, coordinating this gargantuan third-party development activity in the spirit of providing its customers with the best products and tools to enhance their lives.

    I’m proud to be part of such a truly decent program.

  • SgtBaxter

    Rule 1 sucks, there are never enough fart apps!