iPhone developers the world over have been up in arms recently over Apple’s handling of iPhone application submissions and approvals for the AppStore. Apple has been criticized for keeping their AppStore certification process as transparent as coal and basically giving some iPhone developers the cold shoulder. So, in an attempt to right its AppStore wrongs, Apple has just launched their AppStore Resource Center to try and guide devs through the process of getting their iPhone apps approved. Unfortunately, the move has done little more than to further frustrate iPhone devs.
According to ArsTechnica, iPhone devs have voiced their disapproval of Apple’s new AppStore Resource Center. One developer called out Apple for not really doing anything to help devs. The supposed help center is apparently nothing more than “a collection of documents that were already out there, just condensed into one place.” In its current form, the Resource Center is all but useless. What the iPhone dev community needs, according to another developer, is a clearly defined list of criteria for iPhone app certification. Instead, Apple put a bandage on a half-hearted attempt to get in good with devs, and that’s just not acceptable.
The idea behind the AppStore Resource Center is sound. iPhone developers could use an online resource that clearly defines guidelines for AppStore approval as well as a community where questions can be answered. It’s just too bad Apple let their loose ends trip them up. Public face-plants can be embarrassing.