Cocoa in the Shell

Randomness of the App Store validation

A special post before christmas to talk about app validation on the App Store, more precisely about its randomness. Plus, I got an answer from Steve Jobs, which is always a fun moment.

As I already said, I develop the application MacG Mobile which is the iPhone application for the french websites MacGeneration and iGeneration. Basically, the app downloads the news of the two websites from the server and displays them in a tableView.

Images are used for the category of the news, and are the same since the very first version of the application (1.0) which arrived on the store in December 2009.
I never had a single problem with the validation of this application for all the updates I did (more than 10)… until yesterday.

I received a mail telling me :

Apple Logo and Apple-owned Graphic Symbols: You may not use the Apple Logo or any other Apple-owned graphic symbol, logo, or icon on or in connection with web sites, products, packaging, manuals, promotional/advertising materials, or for any other purpose except pursuant to an express written trademark license from Apple, such as a reseller agreement.

In short, the 0% Apple logo seems to bother them now…

Since, I was a bit angry at the moment I decided to send an email to Steve Jobs since these days he seems to answer to some people, and I got an answer, the typical 3 words Steve Jobs’s answer telling me :

So, fix it

That’s a very funny answer, I like it.

But considering that the app has been on the App Store for a year now, it simply shows how random the process of validation can be.

I bet next time I’ll send an update with this image it will be Ok, and that’s the kind of things that fucking kills me.