'Convertbot' App Update Rejected Over Too-Similar Time Icon

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    An update to Convertbot, a popular conversion app by Tapbots, was rejected by Apple because of an icon that was thought to be too similar to another one already used in the standard iPhone interface, according to the Tapbots blog.


    Image courtesy of Tapbots.com
    Convertbot offers a time conversion feature and the icon that represents it, which has been the same in all versions of Convertbot since it was initially released, was flagged by Apple:

    In order for the update to be approved, the icon must be re-designed. However, Apple has not provided any guidelines on what will be an acceptable re-design.

    Convertbot costs $.99 and can be found here (link opens iTunes).

    Article Link: 'Convertbot' App Update Rejected Over Too-Similar Time Icon
  2. macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007
    Fair enough. It is pretty much the exact same icon.

    They should just move the hands and put a little knob on top like a stopwatch.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2006
    Ridiculous. As if Apple somehow has ownership over that time icon. However, the hourglass icon as proposed in the comments would work. But still, this is such a perversion of what the App Store was founded upon.
  4. macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I'm torn.

    On the one hand this seems like a really, minor, stupid thing for Apple to complain about.

    On the other hand, they're using an icon from the phone app to represent something different than it means in the phone. I kind of understand why that's bad.

    I guess, I understand Apple's reason, it's just terrible that they let it go for so long. THAT's the dumb part, I guess. The fact that it was ok before but isn't now.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    The real question is how does a clock really represent recent calls or history? :rolleyes:

    Makes more sense being used in Convertbot
  6. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Somehow they seem to think that just because Apple let it slip by in previous versions, they should still let it slip by.

    Honestly, this is like saying "Our old version sometimes crashed but Apple never caught it in the review process so they approved it. This version crashes just as much but by our bad luck (or loss of good luck,) Apple caught it this time around so it was rejected."

    I'd say an hourglass makes sense for a new icon.

    ... and to be honest, it is a little ridiculous on Apple's part.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan

    This is starting to get absurd (all of these silly rejections, I mean) ... I just hope Apple's poor management of the App Store continues to drive developers to Cydia.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Feb 12, 2006
    You don't understand how a clock can be related to events that happened in recent history?
  9. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I believe he does and he believes it should be in the app that was rejected (or the update) not "recent calls".

    Just change the icon a bit and resubmit. It is too great of an app not to have.
  10. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I'd love to hear your suggestion for a simple icon that represents history.

    Honestly, I've never seen any other icon used to represent history. It's used in Safari. It's used in Firefox (granted, the icon in Firefox depicts the time as being 4:00 rather than 3:00.)

    Do you really have a better suggestion or are you just trying to whine about how Apple is doing everything wrong? Maybe you'd rather swap to some other phone then?
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2007
    Perhaps if the depicted time of 3 o'clock was changed to say, 4:45?
  12. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    What absolute idiots Apple has working for them.

    The icon looks similar, but it's certainly not the same. And in the context of a 'conversion' app I think it's fairly obvious what it means. Apple needs to relax its policies already - it really is leaving a sour taste in my mouth.

    There are many apps using clock icons. Convertbot should not step down on this one. If they use an hourglass then this would have confused me more since I associate an hourglass with cooking.

    I really don't know where Apple gets off on telling people how to design their apps. A lot of these devs are hard working and trying to make a living and Apple is making this hell. Why should a dev be tense and nervous about receiving Apple's approval when an App should just be out there? Devs should be scared about whether people like and buy the App first and foremost.

    I for one cannot wait until the App store is set free or Apple is forced by regulators to allow an "open source" App store.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    One of my apps was rejected once for an icon that had been there for the previous 12 versions. At times I almost feel like resubmitting the same thing after a rejection to see if a different tester gets it and slips it through. :p
  14. macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    From a design point of view 4.45 is just ugly. The only alternative is possibly 9.00 - although that looks a little wrong compared to 3.00.
  15. macrumors 68040

    Unspoken Demise

    Apr 16, 2009
    A picture of Abraham Lincoln dancing like a robot.
  16. macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    Maybe Cydia will appear on the App Store and get approved with d different icon. Then the updated version of Cydia with the old icon gets submitted and re-jected and then Cydia get pulled from the App Store.
    It would be funny if Cydia appeared in the App Store.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2007
    It does seem a bit ridiculous! But it also wouldn't take much to change it and get a "passing" grade from Apple. Here's a suggestion. Either:


    (A) Change the small hand location OR

    (B) Make it a stopwatch OR

    (C) Add some highlight color to a time span.

    There, job done. Everybody happy? Hell, Convertbot can even have these icon samples. I don't care, just don't take my Convertbot away. I love it too much.

    Can Apple get on to some serious App reviews now? Come on.
  18. macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    I had the exact same thing happen. The worst part was that they sent me a screen shot that had 7 different icons in it, and wouldn't even tell me which one was the issue. There were at least two icons that were vaguely similar to Apple's, although none were identical.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2004
    Korova Milkbar
    Isn't the (admittedly stupid) "rule" of displaying a watch supposed to be
    ~10:15 so the hands look like a smiley? Incidentally, you won't ever see a clock in an advertisement displaying the opposite, with the hands angled downwards.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2009
    Well they can just change the positions of the hands, and change it a little. Maybe add a button at the top so that it looks like a stopwatch.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007

    It looks the same to me.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Poll Smoker

    Jul 20, 2007
    The 10:15 position was used in advertising so that the hands of the clock wouldn't obscure the clock-makers logo.
  23. macrumors 68040

    Bubba Satori

    Feb 15, 2008
    I'm sorry, this is absolutely insane. The apps approval department is a genuine asylum. Absurd, anal retentive, control freaks. Sad.
  24. macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2008
    Houston, Tx
    Just all the more reason for another company to come up with a better alternative to the iPhone.
    The iPhone is great, but Apples iron claw rule may eventually be it's demise.
  25. macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    Oh come on, it's not like people will go into the app and think "hey, this converter must be showing my phone history!" is it? Idiots.

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