in the review process, do they look at the code?

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by alexandergre, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. Mars478 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2008
    NYC, NY
  2. alexandergre thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 28, 2009
    are you sure?

    Im developing an app now which has 6pages of code for the next update.
    those 6 pages are not needed for the current version.

    Will they accept my app?
  3. amorya macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2007
    No they don't. You don't send them the code, only the precompiled binary. They do use static analysis to look at which methods you call, but that's not hte same thing.

  4. hoosierfan24 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
    I am pretty sure they examine the code because otherwise why would they ask if your code is encrypted when you submit the app
  5. amorya macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2007
    They don't ask that.

    The question about encryption is regarding US law for exporting software with certain encryption mechanisms in. Nothing to do with the code of your app.
  6. maniacdev macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2009
    Vancouver, BC
    They don't.

    They do run tests on your compiled app to make sure it's not doing anything sinister, has excessive memory leaks, using undocumented api's etc.
  7. kAoTiX macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2008
    Midlands, UK
    +1 for no
    They cannot decompile your compiled app that you send to them and in no part do they ask for the code. Unless they asked for the code they can only do as others have said and check for the apps functions and calls to their API's and to check for memory leaks etc.
  8. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    An app built using their SDK toolchain exposes all Objective C class names and messages, in plain text in the binary, for not only any iPhone UI and Foundation class use, but also for any classes and methods internal to your app.

    And, not only Apple, but the cracking community is reported to have tools that allow them to disassemble compiled apps sufficiently enough to find and patch out anti-piracy code.
  9. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Agreed. You don't send them the source code, so they can't look at it.

    But, like firewood said, they can decompile your code if they choose to. Not normally necessary though.

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