Steve Jobs personally intervenes, approves Knocking streaming video app for App Store inclusion

Hammacher Homepage 300x250“The impassioned pleas of one developer e-mailed to Steve Jobs resulted in a quick reversal of his app’s rejection. The launch of the app today is the first known approved app that can stream live video directly from one iPhone to another, and the first approval for an app with known use of private APIs. Apple’s change of heart came ‘directly from the top,’ and is a sign that real change in the App Store approval process is in the works,” Chris Foresman reports for Ars Technica.

Knocking streams from one iPhone to another,” Foresman reports. “You simply launch the app and “knock” another iPhone user with Knocking Live Video installed. That user will receive the ‘knock’ via push notification. Once answered, you can then stream live video directly to them. An iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G is required to transmit video, but other iPhones and iPod touches can receive and view the stream via WiFi.”

Foresman reports, “Pointy Head developer Brian Meehan explained to Ars, ”With Knocking people share what they are doing right now. Our testers have referred to knocking as a ‘visual tweet.””

Foresman reports, “The approval is significant for several reasons. It’s the first app with verified use of private APIs that Apple has approved for sale. It’s also the first app approved to allow live video streaming. Finally, it’s a concrete sign that Apple is indeed working to address developer concerns—though persuading Steve Jobs to personally approve an app is probably not going to become an official policy.”

Full article here.

The free Knocking Live Video app is available via Apple’s iTunes App Store here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. It just looks sloppy to me. Why are certain apps allowed to use private APIs? Why are they still private? And what of developers who suffered apps rejections after using those same private APIs? Should they now send letters to Steve so he can reconsider those as well?

    It makes the whole damn approval process look sloppy and inconsistent.

  2. This App does not work, if at all, it has very poor rating of 2.5 as rated by 20 people who have bothered to rate it.

    It seems like it is still in Beta mode and should never have been released until it met the strict demands Apple users demand and have come to expect.

  3. Are “private API’s” ones that Apple has developed and not officially released or are they ones that the developer creates and then hooks them into the OS?


  4. ok… it bricked my iphone. I installed it, and now the iphone won’t restart, it’s stuck with the white apple. I’ve restarted four times, nothing. Just hangs there.

  5. Is this the beginning of videochat? Or more likely video walkie-talkie. Who’s going to make a killing on a frontfacing camera accessory? But for now talking in front of a mirror will do…

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