writes: "Jogn Gruber, of http://www.daringfireball.com/ has brought to the world's attention yet another rejection of an application by Apple, but with perhaps a chilling twist for potential developers of productivity or utility apps.
He points out that the iPhone 'Podcaster' app has been rejected because it duplicates iTunes functionality. He goes on to write ...
"Flabbergasting. This is the worst reason for an app to be rejected yet. As the author points out, by this logic, Apple could have rejected PCalc (for duplicating the built-in Calculator app), or any of the various note-taking apps. Check out the demo — Podcaster is clearly a serious app that provides functionality far beyond the iPhone's built-in podcast support.
This stinks to high hell. Jon Rentzsch nails it in this tweet: the NDA is a mere annoyance, but a "you can't compete against Apple" policy is so wrong it breaks the platform. It is indefensible."
While it's possible that some case might be made for Apple yanking the "I Am Rich" app on the grounds of "consumer protection," and the "Pull My Finger" app on the questionable grounds of "good taste" ... I think this rejection sends a chilling signal to people developing productivity or business apps that perform and look great, but Apple simply doesn't like. That line in the sand needs much better public definition, Apple."