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Apple rejects News Addict app, wants 17+ rating

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, July 10, 2009
News Categories: iPhone Accessories

Apple has rejected an update to TapMode’s News Addict application, claiming that the developer must rate the app 17+ because it allows access to the Internet. In an email to iLounge, TapMode developer Jeff McMorris explains that the app is currently #1 in the paid app listing for the News section, and that such a mandate would potentially affect thousands of other applications in the App Store. Notably, News Addict has passed inspection two previous times with a rating of 4+, a rating which is shared with many of its competitor applications. In addition, while the app is designed to offer fast access to a variety of predetermined news sources, there is no way to even enter a URL in the application, making Apple’s “Internet access” claim largely untrue. As McMorris notes on his company’s blog, “Apple needs to rate apps based on what they actually contain not what they might be used for. This is the equivalent of putting 17+ ratings on TV sets because they have the potential to play R rated movies.” The prior version of News Addict, version 1.1, is available now from the App Store and sells for $1.

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1

Yes, this really seems to depend on which reviewer gets your app.  There seems to be one or two reviewers that actively search for anything remotely ‘lewd’ in the most puritanical sense, and if they find anything, instant rejection.

Apple really needs to fire those couple of people, because they keep giving Apple a new black eye every couple of days.

Posted by dave on July 10, 2009 at 10:56 AM (PDT)

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I just read TapMode’s blog.  Usually I am pretty open minded with regards to Apple’s behavior and generally give them the benefit of the doubt, but forcing the app News Addict (which I use and love) to be rated 17+ is just ludicrous!  Point me in the direction where I can sign the petition to let Apple know how stupid this is.

Posted by Phil on July 10, 2009 at 3:54 PM (PDT)

3

Now we should restrict the iPhone to minors because you can run safari. How about Macs as well? This is getting ridiculous.

Posted by Appleman on July 10, 2009 at 9:04 PM (PDT)

4

Yes, the moronic pinheads who are vetting at the AppStore should be fired -

But this is not an isolated example of a corporate dept gone bizerk:

apple seems to be morphing into a defender of the status quo in many other disturbing areas -

Eg, the widely reported rumour that apple will cave-in to Chinese demands for censorship, by virtue of the removal of wifi on iPhones sold in PRC.

This stunnng act of craven corprate cowardness suggests a growing pattern of betrayal of it’s customers’ cherished right - oft celebrated in apple’s iconoclastic advertising campaigns -  to have freedom and independence vis a vis their information tools.

the growing pall of obseeive control that is being cast over developers & customers alike is getting to the point where the ethos & credo of the “real” apple is being smothered & castrated.

I am not sure how long it will be possible sustain apple’s value proposition when apple is constantly undermining its brand identity with these soul-crushing compromises (not to metion the damage to the brand from the ever-shrinking committment to QA).

What I do know for certain is that apple’s new-found mania for bowlderdized censorship at home seems to be matched by it’s growing keeness for censorship abroad.

Apple makes me more than just sad or angry: I am ashamed of Aapple.

Posted by Zahadum on July 12, 2009 at 12:25 AM (PDT)

5

Apple has just rejected our app (FastFinder, a search engine aggregator) for similar reasons.

Posted by Art on July 12, 2009 at 10:16 PM (PDT)

6

Sooo….an application that is essentially a glorified page of bookmarks to reputable news websites is potentially dangerous to teenagers and kindergartners?  Riiiiggggghtttt…..

BTW, I’m not bashing NewsAddict.  The application is on my first page and I love the feature to hide the navigation and status bars that maximize reading space.  This is something Safari should do in a future release.  I just wanted to point out how asinine this decision was.  Next thing you know, Apple will reject an Amazon.com update because someone fears the application could make a 9-year old kid cry after stumbling onto a page for KY jelly.

Posted by omnione on July 13, 2009 at 12:10 AM (PDT)

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If you had a chance to potentially sell 65 million iPhones in China, if you agreed to remove Wifi would you do it? Kong Eng Huat, Merrill Lynch’s Southeast Asia head of wealth management, said that in five years millionaires in Asia would have more combined wealth than those in Europe.  Get over it. Since when has an iPod been a symbol of class struggle?  The new markets are much more valuable than the old markets.  China displaced France as fifth on the list of countries with the most millionaires with 450,000 of them.  With 20% of the world’s population,(1.3 billion) only selling to 5% of them means they are selling iPhones to 65 million people. 

But, lets be real.  In 2005 there were over 300 million cell phone users in China.  This is equal to the population in the U.S. in 2006.

In fact the number of cell phone users in the U.S. in 2004 according to the U.S. Census was only 159 million.  So if you would really take the time to do just 15 minutes of research, you would realize that Apple could double their sales by disabling wifi. 

Is Apple selling out? No. They are just going to be selling, period.

Posted by Donald Nordeng on July 13, 2009 at 6:27 AM (PDT)

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Apple is totally wrong in how they implement their ratings.

Rather than kicking it back into the developers lap, and forcing him or her to go to the end of the line once again, why not have Apple change the rating accordingly.

Then if the developer does not like the new rating, they can decide to pull the app themselves.

Posted by jon on July 13, 2009 at 10:55 AM (PDT)

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