Another Strange App Store Rejection

James Montgomerie: "If you're wondering why Eucalyptus is not yet available, it's currently in the state of being 'rejected' for distribution on the iPhone App Store. This is due to the fact that it's possible, after explicitly searching for them, to find, download from the Internet, and then read texts that Apple deems 'objectionable'. The example they have given me is a Victorian text-only translation of the Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana. For the full background, a log of my communications with Apple is below." - Not this again? If you can reject Eucalyptus because you can search for "objectionable" material then you MUST pull Safari and Amazon's own Kindle for the iPhone application from the store because you can search for, and find, the exact material this application was rejected for.

This is a real shame. The poor guy explicitly added a check for Kama Sutra to his search feature so he wouldn't be rejected. Problem is will Apple now search for something else and reject it?

If Apple has issue with certain search terms they should provide API's that applications MUST use prior to submitting those search terms to web services, so Apple can let the developer know the term is inappropriate and cannot be submitted. At a bare minimum they need to provide developers with a list of terms they're not allowed to search for, and make their own software abide by the list.

It's sad. Eucalyptus is a beautifully designed application and gives the user complete access to Project Gutenberg.

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