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iOS Developers Criticize App Store for Confusing and Chaotic Review Process

Lots of people are starting to make apps for a living these days because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing you to earn passive income without having to life a single finger. If you want to put your app up on the Apple App Store, you would need to submit the app for review and this process can take a while.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that a lot of iOS developers, including a developer that used to work for the popular social media app Tumblr, have heavily criticized this review process for being difficult to understand and even harder to plan for. According to these developers, Apple has made it unnecessarily complicated to get an app approved and they often fail to provide a reason for refusal.

This doesn’t just have to do with adding a new app to the App Store either. It can also make it difficult for developers to submit updates for their apps with all things having been considered and taken into account. Updates are crucial in order to make it so that an app can keep running at an optimal level of performance, but Apple often rejects updates due to reasons that might not even pertain to the app in question.

The Tumblr developer that has recently criticized Apple mentioned how difficult it was to send through Tumblr updates because of Apple’s ban on pornography and the like. Tumblr is a site that is full of things like user generated content, and much of this content has historically been pornographic in nature. Hence, if a user were to search for a term and find pornography, even if that term had nothing to do with porn, Apple would reject the update that was coming in and Tumblr would have to rework it time and time again.

There is often a lot of criticism levied against Apple for being a bit too tyrannical with its app store policies. Proponents might say that this is why the App Store is so much more secure than the Play Store, but that doesn’t change the fact that some kind of a balance needs to be struck so that people can enjoy a much wider variety of apps and that these apps can be continually optimized as the years go by.


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