Looks like I would again invite the wrath of fanbois on this post. Let’s see, but truth is truth and I cant’ resist from quoting it. Let’ start.
If you are missing some WTF news of late, have some of them here and here.
Let’s take the first example. Tweetie got rejected because Apple found some indecent words in the Twitter profile of Tweetie. Heck! There is no indecent words in the app itself. Now if the app developer says that the girl sitting next to her is sexy, get ready to face the wrath of Apple on your application.
Moving to second example, which would also make you scratch your head a hundred times. They rejected a Bittorrent control app! Read it again you idiot. It’s not a Bittorrent app, but an app which can be used to control Transmission running on your desktop. Now it means that you aren’t downloading any illegal stuffs on your iPhone. You are just controlling it! Now even if that is illegal, the case is too weak!
Keeping up with the moral policing, tomorrow Safari should be banned since it can also be used to download illegal content, that too on your holy iPhone, that too not remotely. The iPhone approval process sucks balls and how-so-ever you give excuses of legal and ethical and tons of other shit loads excuses, the fact is that App Store is a nightmare. It is under a Nazi’s rule and you got no right to speak. Admit it that Apple is God. If not, get out of here.
I am not a Microsoft fan, nor I was ever impressed with their ethics. Now I need to weight Apple and Microsoft. Speaking frankly, Microsoft respects developers even though they dis-respect the law. Apple considers developers as second class citizen who are just here for bowing their heads. The reason why devs are still probably here is that Apple users pay for the app and due to the steady revenue stream.
I had written back about the screwed up App Store’s approval process when Opera got rejected and when they had a sucking NDA in place. If you want to judge the freedom you have at your disposal when you buy,think twice!
The similarity between Apple and Microsoft is that they both are big evil corporations. The difference between them is that Microsoft has abundance of hateboys, whereas Apple is swarmed by fanboys.
The days of Hitler and Mussolini are back. Now its not a one man rule with armed forces but a one man rule with a giant corporation standing with him and enforcing his will through the law of land. Yes! It’s again Apple. The fanboys are making the matter more complicated which doesn’t even leave the freedom of speech to the general people. They forget that its eventually the end-customers whom they should target.
I read a shared article by Ankur on Google Reader telling how Apple rejected Opera browser in the App Store of iPhone. Now isnt it too much of a monopolistic decision on behalf of Apple? Now when they have scrapped off their controversial NDA, what new f**king excuse would they throw out at the face of Opera developers? Isnt apple trying to control each and everything that is available on this planet? iPhone apps have to be acquired through App Store and any app not available through the store cant run, unless your jailbreak your phone.
People tout Android as a weak opponent of iPhone. I agree to some extent, but the release of G1 really had some impact on the Apple’s policy. The NDA was shown the door and Apple’s tone became a bit liberal. Inspite of all these the iPhone looks more like a Nazi kingdom where you don’t have an alternative. You need to bow your head in front of the Almighty for food apps.
Now since iPhone is Apple’s most important product, should’nt Apple think twice before closing doors at the face of developers without citing a reason? Some day or other I come to hear of news of apps being rejected from the Store. If iPhone dominates the world market, then an anti-trust lawsuit can be files againt for controlling the market. Microsoft has already faced this situation and Apple should learn from the experience.