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New App Store Review Processes

Apple (also: MacRumors):

Additionally, two changes are coming to the app review process and will be implemented this summer. First, developers will not only be able to appeal decisions about whether an app violates a given guideline of the App Store Review Guidelines, but will also have a mechanism to challenge the guideline itself. Second, for apps that are already on the App Store, bug fixes will no longer be delayed over guideline violations except for those related to legal issues. Developers will instead be able to address the issue in their next submission.

David Heinemeier Hansson:

This is pretty significant. Apple will no longer ransom your bug fixes, and there’s a new process coming for challenging the guidelines themselves. This is of course still Apple policing Apple, but it’s an opening none the less for all developers ✌️

Peter N Lewis:

I somehow doubt I can challenge the requirement to be sandboxed which excludes Keyboard Maestro from the Mac App Store.

Josh Avant:

But…. how will Apple reliably enforce that an update is only ‘bug fixes’? What are ‘bug fixes’?

Challenging a guideline itself is interesting but how much does it really matter when Apple is the judge, jury, and executioner?

John Gruber:

Both of these changes sound great[…] but let’s see how it works in practice. If this is more than just lip service, wow, that’s huge.

Previously:

2 Comments

This is all meh, Apple needs to stop being an arbiter of their own shallow culture and politics first and all else second. But no, aside from the fact that they can’t fix their own bugs in Crapalina and their dev cycles are “too fast,” they’re holding bugs in their store?

Shipping with and not fixing data loss bugs is a mortal sin. SITTING ON BUGS or “ransoming bug fixes” equally so.

Apple should focus exclusively on user privacy, security and quality.. Anything outside that lowers trust and expectations. How are they different from “old Microsoft” then?

Apple needs to get back to an Apple where the personal computer was still *personal* and not a vanity trip/consumption device for banal Apple TV shows and the CEO.

And are they going to ship without data loss bugs this time?

> How are they different from “old Microsoft” then?

They're not. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As far as I can tell, once a tech company achieves sufficient size and control of the market, they inevitably abandon innovation in favor of doing anything they possibly can to secure as close to a monopoly as possible. The only reason "old Microsoft" isn't alive and well in "new Microsoft" is that the company got slapped down by government regulations and out-competed by scrappy up-and-comers like Apple, Google, and Facebook who successfully invented markets that Microsoft hadn't seen coming. Now that Apple has market dominance in a lot of the places that matter most, Microsoft has had to fall back on innovating and taking creative approaches to securing market (formerly what Apple was doing).

I highly doubt I'll like Apple very much again until someone successfully invents something that disrupts the markets they're currently dominating, because that's likely the only thing that will force them to rediscover their roots and start caring about consumers again.

Or a big old government slap-down, maybe, but that seems unlikely in the short term (at least domestically in the US).

"Think different" provides a pretty hefty dose of irony along with it these days, sadly.

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