“When Apple opened the iPhone App Store two years ago, it was criticized for the lack of transparency in its approval process as some apps were rejected without explanation,” Yukari Iwatani Kane reports for The Wall Street Journal. “The company isn’t making the same mistake twice.”
“Just a day after Apple announced that it was planning to open a Mac app store in the next 90 days, the company published detailed guidelines for its app review process–addressing everything from the way a program works and its user interface to the kinds of content that it will reject,” Kane reports.
Kane reports, “The privacy section covers rules forbidding the transmission of user data without prior permission and providing the user with access to information about how and where the data will be used. Other don’ts: apps that create a store inside themselves for selling or distributing other software, apps that scrape any information from Apple sites, apps intended to trick or fake functionality, and spam apps (many versions of similar apps).”
Read more in the full article here.
AppleInsider reports, “Apple insists that apps must follow the Apple Macintosh Human Interface Guidelines, including the user of buttons and icons, but says it will reject apps that that look similar to existing Apple products, including the Finder, iChat, iTunes, and Dashboard. It will also reject apps that change the native user interface elements or behaviors of Mac OS X. The company says it sets a high bar for user interface quality, and ‘if your user interface is complex or less than very good it may be rejected.'”
“Apps that are defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected, although Apple notes that professional political satirists and humorists are exempt from the ban on offensive or mean-spirited commentary,” AppleInsider reports.
Much more in the full article here.
Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines are here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “iWill” for the heads up.]