Remember Apple’s seemingly reasonable answers to the FCC’s probe into why Apple kicked certain Google Voice apps from the AppStore? Right, well, TechCrunch‘s Michael Arrington has posted his own analysis of the Apple commentary, and it’s a doozy. In his post, Arrington breaks down Apple’s answers to various FCC questions, saying that Apple is straight out lying. In fact, Apple’s own attempt to defend their position on Google Voice might very well force their hand in approving Google’s own Google Voice app for AppStore duty.
The biggest issue here is Apple’s denial in rejecting Google’s Google Voice iPhone app. Apple says they are still reviewing the app. Arrington cites comments from Google and Apple (although indirectly through a third-party iPhone app developer) as evidence that Apple has indeed already rejected the Google Voice app.
Apple: “Contrary to published reports, Apple has not rejected the Google Voice application, and continues to study it.”
Reality: One third party Google Voice app developer disclosed to us in July that Apple SVP Phil Schiller told them that Google’s own app would be or already was rejected. Google also confirmed this to us later. There is overwhelming evidence that Apple did in fact reject the application.
To be fair, TechCrunch had blamed AT&T for forcing Apple to reject the official Google Voice app, but now believes that Apple’s concern over having too many Google services on the iPhone is the reason behind Apple’s rejection of Google Voice.
In the end, we may very well see Apple approving the Google Voice app in the near future. Which is just fine by us!
Read the rest of Arrington’s analysis here.