Talk about a lame excuse. Apple, long known as the tech-company that does whatever it feels like doing, has rejected an up-and-coming iPhone application on grounds that it provides “limited utility.”
Granted, the iPhone application, Pull My Finger, does little more than generate a “fart” sound, Apple’s rejection of the application is a disturbing move. The precedent for Apple to reject future iPhone applications that it just doesn’t like has been set.
Victor Wang, Pull My Finger‘s developer, posted Apple’s rejection letter for all to see:
We’ve reviewed your application Pull My Finger. We have determined that this application is of limited utility to the broad iPhone and iPod touch user community, and will not be published to the App Store.
It may be very appropriate to share with friends and family, and we recommend you review the Ad Hoc method on the Distribution tab of the iPhone Developer Portal for details on distributing this application among a small group of people of your choosing.
Worldwide Developer Relations
Interestingly, other applications with likewise “limited utility” have been published through the iPhone AppStore. Koi Pond, for example, doesn’t provide much utility for the user, but has hit the top of the AppStore’s sales-charts in recent weeks.
So, what other applications will Apple reject on grounds that it’s just not worthy (read: in line with Apple’s taste) of the AppStore?