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Windmill for iPhone Rejected From the App Store

qnoid:

For the past few months, I have been working on Windmill 3.0 which enables Windmill on the Mac to publish your iOS app.

Effectively, every time you make a code change, Windmill will also publish your app so that you can install it on your iPhone.

qnoid:

Unfortunately, Apple has firmly rejected Windmill on the iPhone. Windmill on the Mac does not seem to have Apple’s blessing either.

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I was reminded of one very specific reason that I was given too.

Guideline 5.2.5 - Legal - Intellectual Property

YOUR APP IS TOO SIMILAR TO TESTFLIGHT, WHICH CREATES A MISLEADING ASSOCIATION WITH APPLE PRODUCTS.

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More importantly. Apple took the stance that the Command Line Tools Package is only meant to be used by developers in-house and not by 3rd parties to provide support for continuous integration systems - continuous delivery in the case of Windmill.

Via Brent Simmons:

I don’t understand all the issues here, I admit, but I start by thinking that useful developer tools should be allowed on the App Store.

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Even a brief scan of the Windmill site says that the functionality is nothing like TestFlight. But I learned that devs are as “easily confused” as endusers, as least in Apple’s view.

Windmill really sounds like a great tool that would simplify development, I wonder why Apple would ban it? /sarc

>WHICH CREATES A MISLEADING ASSOCIATION WITH APPLE PRODUCTS

Even if Windmill was similar to Testflight, how does that create any kind of association with Apple products, let alone a misleading one? That's a bit like preventing Microsoft from publishing Word on iOS since people will confuse it with Pages. Is Microsoft creating a misleading association with Apple products by publishing Word on the App Store?

This is clearly not the actual reason for the rejection.

Sigh…I am sure without publicizing the problem, Apple would eventually fix it. Wait, no, only by publicizing the problem will Apple even bother to consider fixing it. Good on the Windmill developer for being public about yet another ridiculous App Store rejection (YARASR is catchy, I'm trademarking it!)

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