∞ 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]