Apple Adds Status Updates to App Store Approval Process

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

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    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. SAG3194 macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
  3. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    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. aardwolf macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    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. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    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. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Maybe read the article.
  7. countrydweller macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2009
    It'd be interesting to see the status of the google voice app.
  8. admanimal macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2005
    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. mtbgtr macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2009
    " 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. wooo macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2006
    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. jb510 macrumors regular


    Sep 19, 2007
    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. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    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. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    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. aardwolf macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2007
    "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. bstpierre macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2008
    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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