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Apple Adds Status Updates to App Store Approval Process

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. macrumors bot




    Wired reports that Apple has recently rolled out a new feature for iPhone developers, offering a history of status updates for each application submitted for inclusion in the company's App Store.
    While the new system provides only limited updates and does not appear to offer any specific information regarding unusual delays in the review process for a given application, it is regarded as a significant improvement over the previous system in which developers were provided with only generalized wait times for all submissions and generally received no specific updates regarding their applications until review decisions had been made.

    Article Link: Apple Adds Status Updates to App Store Approval Process
  2. macrumors 6502


    wow. took a day to be approved?

  3. macrumors 68040

    I don't think that's the case. What happens sometimes is that the full status report that you see there doesn't get populated until after the app goes from Waiting for Review to In Review, so the timestamp on the Waiting For Review is just a few minutes before In Review even though it was probably Waiting for Review for much longer than that.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Here's mine... It's actually getting reviewed 2 days faster than last time:

    November 06, 2009 06:37 - Waiting for Review
    November 12, 2009 09:55 - In Review
  5. macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    look at the users. It is Apple and all the timing on it is completely marketing BS. Apple put in an "app" and just put pure BS to make it look like it is faster and no were close to what the truth is.
  6. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Maybe read the article.
  7. macrumors 6502


    It'd be interesting to see the status of the google voice app.
  8. macrumors 68040

    No, the "User" field indicates who affected the listed status change. In other words, it should say Apple for any changes related to reviewing the app, regardless of who the developer is. All of the various status changes that my apps have seen so far have Apple as the user.
  9. macrumors member

    "...it is regarded as a significant improvement.." :confused:

    Significant my arse! With no timelines it means nothing more than before. :rolleyes:

    Trillian has been "in review" for almost 3 months now with no "ready for sale" date in sight.
  10. macrumors member

    There is absolutely zero excuse for apple to have any "waiting for review" period other than the time it takes for the reviewer to sleep through the night. I'm not kidding. When demand was greater than they could handle (creating a waiting time) they should have immediately hired more people.

    ZERO excuse. If there is a backlog, they simply need to hire more help to reduce the backlog. The 2 week waiting period (for a the last 6 months) is either a) completely artificial (ie, trying to weed out crappy buggy apps because the impatient dev will find, fix and resubmit during that time) or b) completely irresponsible (why should an app with a critical update, or an important new feature that's ready and tested by the developer and other users wait... and wait... before apple can even look at it?)

    Adding an indicator about where in the process it is only shows what I've found all along with my app... the reviewers spend maybe 10 minutes per app. There is no reason there should be a 2 week delay for that.

    I love the iPhone I love the opportunity it's created for developers, but I hate the app store review system.
  11. macrumors regular

    I'm not an iPhone app developer, but this seems nearly pointless. I understood the primary problem with the approval process was a lack of detail or specificity in the rejection notifications. The developers KNOW when their app is in process with Apple and what stage of the review process is really unimportant... the only thing that matters is when it's getting approved or why it's not getting approved.
  12. macrumors 603


    If you people are seriously going to complain about this, why don't you complain about UPS's (or any other shipping company's) package tracking service?

    Thanksgivings is coming up,
    why don't you thank Apple for once rather than complain?
  13. macrumors 68030


    I noticed the new 'Waiting For Review' status last week. To be honest, like most of the other 'new' features in the app store submission process, it doesn't really add anything and still leaves developers with an indeterminent review queue time with no real idea of how long it will take.
  14. macrumors 6502

    "In Review" doesn't necessarily mean "in review". Mine moved from "Waiting for Review" to "In Review", but has been there for over 24 hours. It's a 100 page eBook, for crying out loud... and it's using the Stanza engine.
  15. macrumors 6502

    UPS offers an expected delivery date as well as the current status and history. I think all the developers would love that.

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