Apple Banning Apps Again

Apple have kicked another top selling App out of the Appstore.

The top selling app Boob Job got as high as number 1 in Australia and I think it was in the top 10 on Monday in the USA.

Today it is nowhere to be seen and a message on their website tells the story… Those guys would be pissed.

Wobble was banned 18 months ago – and reinstated about 1 week later after we removed a silhouette of a woman, Wobble has no inappropriate images – YES WOBBLE IS IN THE STORE – Get Wobble here Incidentally we get a solid 5 star rating for our latest version 95% rate it 5 star – that has got to say something! Of course Wobble is also available on Android.

Recently I had noticed that the Apps getting approved by Apple were more and more risqué – and I was seriously starting to question why we had to make all the alterations to Wobble 18 months back. I mean really, Apple had their rules and recently they got slack on enforcing them. The makers of BoobJob should have been told when they submitted the App that it wasn’t appropriate.

They would have been doing about 10,000 sales a day minimum when they were pulled – and believe me after being there – that has got to hurt!

Lets do a query on iTunes for the words “boobs” – I get 360 results.

Let’s do another search, this time for the word “sex” – I get 18 pages of 180 Apps – that’s 3240 apps, amongst those Sex Strip, Sex Secrets, 300+ Sex Positions – most of these have silhouettes of women or screaming headlines about how you have to be 18+ to download the app, ALL of them allude to prurient content – and nearly all of them have hundreds and hundreds of 1 star reviews – because they are all complete bullshit. Apple doesn’t allow adult content in Apps, if they did the store would be a cesspit, the top 10 would all be adult content.

However, there are massive unforeseen consequences of Apples Ban Hammer.

Combine Apples prohibition with peoples innate desire to view adult material and you get demand with no supply. These apps are unable to actually deliver anything people want, but given the huge sales possible by saying your app contains this material there will always be developers who are loose with the truth. Who is the big loser here? Why, the customer of course – those that don’t read the reviews get ripped off. I mean, look at this:
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181,603 1 star reviews!!! From a total of 331,142. In comparison, Wobble Premium has had 14,434 total reviews – reviews normally equate to total sales – so since we have had 1.2Million sales I’d expect that this app with the crappy reviews might have sold 25 million copies!!! (and 54% of them thought that it wasn’t worth the bandwidth!)

So… what is the solution?

1. Apple should enforce their rules.
2. Apple should open a new section in the store for 18+ content
3. Apple should block this content from any top lists
4. Apple should block this content, including viewing of the whole section from kids and enforce parental controls, just like the explicit label in music.

I’m all for parental controls, I don’t like the fact that an app “300+ Best Sex Positions HD is at number 2 in entertainment, this is the same as putting the porn mags next to the cash register in a supermarket. What’s more it isn’t even porn, it just pretends it is and as a consequence every customer that buys it feels ripped off.

 

Wobble Now Available on AppBackr – Earn Some $ on Our Sales!

We’ve just launched Wobble onto Appbackr.

What is Appbackr I hear you ask??

Well it is kind of like Kickstarter – but we’re selling wholesale copies of our apps – future sales that is… you get them at wholesale price and make 27% profit as they sell over the next month or so – we get the funds now.

It’s really an experiment to see how it goes with Wobble, we thought we could use it for some of our other apps like Concierge and Hey! and pinFM that are coming out soon…

UPDATE – we’ve already raised over $5000 in just a few hours!

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  • appbackr gives you the opportunity to make money on future sales of this app.
  • You pre purchase future sales at a reduced price and profit when the app sells on the mobile app store.
  • Your profit is 27% on every app that sells on the mobile app store
  • PRESS RELEASE: Boob Wobble App Sells 1.1 Million Copies for Apple iPhone and iPod Touch

    This is the text of the press release going out on the newswires this evening

     

     

    Since 2009, the infamous Wobble App for iOS has been installed on over 1.1 million iPhones and iPod touches. It’s now launching some extra features and a brand new HD version for the iPad. Apple has just approved the new Wobble HD and Google has also given the green light for the Android version.

    Currently available for download at Apple’s iTunes Appstore, and the Android Marketplace, this software, developed by Australia’s Silicon Spark pty ltd, a private company based in South East Queensland, provides users the ability to animate any given part of a photo on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into realistic 3D animations driven by the actual movement of the device.

    “Back in 2008, Apple declined a similar software known as iBoobs on the grounds that it was indecent because that application seemed to be geared toward a particular part of a woman’s anatomy,” explains Silicon Spark’s Jon Atherton, but with over a million views of their YouTube demo video, there appeared to be a huge demand for wobbling boobs on the iPhone or iPod touch.

    Whereas iBoobs was developed with seemingly limited scope, the Wobble applications allow users to apply “wobbles” to any part of any photo be it breasts, arms, legs etc. It’s completely up to the user to determine what they choose to animate, and no images are included in the download.

    For only $1.99 (USD) iPhone or iPod touch owners can purchase and download the Wobble application via the iTunes Appstore and a demo is available athttp://chillifresh.com/wobble/ or
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=FWC_R3-qC31

    After opening the Wobble application the user can select a photo to animate and position the round Wobble region overlays onto the photo. Then the fun begins. Shaking the unit up and down, side to side, or even in a circular path will cause anything in the chosen region to move as if it was really reacting to the movement (let your imagination run a little bit
    here, and you can see the advantages, and all for a couple of bucks).

    Wobble will work on photos either taken by the user, or saved from the Internet as well as those received via email.

    “With over 1,100,000 copies sold in the last 2 years, Wobble has been a huge hit. Due to popular demand we’ve created a version for Android users which is available now. Also a new HD version, once you’ve seen Wobble HD on the iPad you’ll truly understand why the iPad is such a magical device!” adds Atherton. 

    To encourage users to spread the word, it will soon be possible to share Wobbles with friends via SMS, magically including the animated parts of a photo (again it could be a shaking leg or a wobbling – well you get the picture) 

    The developers are planning a number of new features in coming weeks which will be released as a free upgrade, including 3D without glasses, and an Augmented Reality video version, these features add to an already impressive array: Auto Wobble – Hands Free Kit, Blow to Wobble, Multitouch Wobble and 3D using red blue glasses!

    The Northern Hemisphere is heading into summer, which means there will be plenty of things to Wobble! After a long summer of exhaustive Beta testing on the Gold Coast of Australia the developers are convinced that new buyers of the Wobble App will find Wobble just as entertaining as the first million happy users! 

    Silicon Spark pty ltd is a small private Australian company based in South East Queensland. Silicon Spark was established in late 2008 to build iOS and Android applications. The smart phone platforms enable small developers to take advantage of the massive software sales infrastructure built by Apple. Silicon Spark is comprised of a small number of staff and is forecast to have sales in excess of two million USD for calendar year 2011.

    Wobble Updates

    We’ve started uploading the first of many improvements to the Appstore – last week we added a version of the Wobble Apps that fixed a few bugs.

    This week we are finally adding pin code password protection – so if you want to Wobble things that you want to keep … ahem … private, then you are going to like this new update.

    Next week we should have a couple more enhancements for you too – including sms sharing – so even friends not fortunate enough to have Wobble can enjoy your creations!

    UPDATE Whoa – more than 50,000 updates downloaded in 2 days for Wobble!

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    Here’s how the PIN code page looks, easy  – safe Wobbling!  :-)

     

    New Hardware Coming Soon!

    If you’ve ever wanted to invest in a super successful project you will have your chance in the next month when we release the first of our hardware projects.

    I’m keeping it under wraps for the moment, but we’ll be on Kickstarter in about 2 weeks. Delivery of the new device will be in time for the Holidays – so keep about $100 spare – you will love this one!

    Oh, and while I’m on the subject of investing – you can make a few bucks with Appbackr too, we’re releasing 50,000 Android Wobble Premium apps into the wild – you make a pretty good return – Appbackr is a pretty cool system, worth a look.

    Stay Tuned!

    Wobble for Android Released

    We released Wobble for Android a few weeks back

    You can get Wobble iBoobs for Android here

    Wobble for Android works just like Wobble for iOS – updates coming soon.

    Enjoy

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    Wobble Back in Top 100 USA

    Wobble Premium is now at number 48 in USA top grossing Entertainment apps, moving up. I guess the updates have met with approval from our fans – thanks to all of you, and don’t forget to tell your friends :-)

    We also dropped the price for the next week to just $0.99, so if you have always wanted Wobble – now is the time to get it, you save a buck, wow :-)

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    Wobble Back in the Charts! Yay!

    Wobble was apparently featured on  Japanese TV over the weekend, although I haven’t seen the show it must have been good! :-)

    TBS, (Tokyo Broadcasting System) featured Wobble on a show called, “Kakumei TV” (Revolutionary TV in English) which airs once a week nationwide in Japan.

    “The show introduces various new things, from new inventions such as machines, games, robots, etc. that would become a role in bringing about a revolution to our future.” said the producer Miyuki Tachibana

    I can tell you that the sales figures from this jump back up the charts are somewhat higher than last time Wobble was in the charts in Japan. It’s great timing too for all the lovely people that have bought Wobble – they get an awesome update in a few days – I think we have finally fixed the problems that Apple had this time with the apps, we removed an in app sales feature and will address it separately, release is imminent.

    Wobble for iPad is also going to be released at the same time, as well as Wobble Free – all feature updates for iOS4.2 and a few tweaks, PLUS an awesome new secret feature. :-)

    Wobble is at number 48 overall and number 7 in Entertainment in the Japanese Appstore.

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    Still waiting WOBBLE

    My oh my, this must be hard… We’ve added a small feature and Apple have taken a month so far to release an update to our customers?

    Plus we’ve updated to iOS version 4.1 – long overdue.

    We uploaded updates for approval on 14th October – one month ago!

    Apple apparently control all this to improve user experience – well if you have an iOS 4.1 device you currently can’t run Wobble if you already bought it, or buy it if you didn’t. FRUSTRATING.

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    blabr – Now Available Worldwide

    The New blabr app. Record 5 seconds of sound and send it via Twitter, Facebook or email – or of course to other blabr users. You will be able to increase recording time in the future, when it is out of beta. Plus a Voice Messaging API is coming soon too, so you can add voice notes to anything!

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    Voice messaging for Facebook and Twitter get it while it is still free!

    Strange Delays in Appstore Approvals

    Wobble Premium is live in the store and has been for months – almost years… FREE updates have been uploaded to Apple in the past and approved quickly – and our usehave loved the free updates – just like they will when these updates are approved.

    However, they have all been delayed for no apparent reason…

    The new versions of Wobble were uploaded a week before the new blabr App. And whilst blabr was approved yesterday, Wobble has been in review for more than 2 weeks. Wobble has been in the Appstore now for 18 months, and has recently been updated for iOS 4.1 and a new feature was added – which whilst innovative and highly original doesn’t do anything that Apple should find disturbing. I’ve been instructed to keep this new feature under wraps until it’s approved so it isn’t copied!

    On another note – how about that Victoria Secret App heh? If that isn’t a prurient I don’t know what is… of course it’s a bit hard to sell lingerie without “steamy hot” pictures, but it’s also hard to sell an App that Wobbles stuff without you know, wobbling stuff… Gotta wonder why the VS app is in entertainment section and promotes the unlocking of “content” when it is just a sales app? huh??

    It would be really nice if Apple approved the new versions of Wobble before the Japanese TV show features it next week… yep it’s being featured on TBS, Tokyo Broadcasting System, in a show called, “Kakumei TV” (Revolutionary TV in English) which airs once a week nationwide in Japan.

    “The show introduces various NEW things, from new inventions such as machines, games, robots, etc. that would become a role in bringing about a revolution to our future.

    That’s a quote from the TV producer – I can’t wait to see what they make of Wobble – it was number one in Japan for a few months last year, so they love the app – it’s a pity that Apple doesn’t recognise Wobble as an app that “brings about a revolution in our future” as well 😉


    Here’s the notes on each App and how long it has taken to get through the approval process…

    Blabr:

    Date

    User

    Status

    October 29, 2010 17:13

     

    Apple

     

    Ready for Sale

     

    October 29, 2010 17:07

     

    Apple

     

    Processing for App Store

     

    October 28, 2010 09:50

     

    Apple

     

    In Review

     

    October 21, 2010 07:37

     

    Apple

     

    Waiting For Review

     

    October 21, 2010 07:36

     

    Apple

     

    Upload Received

    Wobble Premium:

    Date

    User

    Status

    October 21, 2010 00:35

     

    Apple

     

    In Review

     

    October 15, 2010 15:47

     

    Apple

     

    Waiting For Review

     

    October 14, 2010 05:43

     

    Apple

     

    Upload Received

    Wobble Lite:

    Date

    User

    Status

    October 21, 2010 10:46

     

    Apple

     

    In Review

     

    October 15, 2010 15:30

     

    Apple

     

    Waiting For Review

     

    October 14, 2010 06:21

     

    Apple

     

    Upload Received

     

    Wobble HD – Apple rejected it saying it was the same as the other Wobble apps – except of course it is the HD version for the iPad (that’s why it’s called Wobble HD!)… 
    We’ve completed the review of your app, however, because it duplicates the content and functionality of your app Wobble Premium, which is currently available on the App Store, we cannot post it app to the App Store.
    2.11   Apps that duplicate apps already in the App Store may be rejected, particularly if there are many of them.

    It was resubmitted on October 22 – the day after blabr was uploaded.

    October 22, 2010 10:33

     

    Apple

     

    In Review

     

    October 22, 2010 05:45

     

    Apple

     

    Waiting For Review

     

    October 22, 2010 05:44

     

    Apple

     

    Upload Received

     

    October 22, 2010 05:39

     

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    Waiting For Upload

     

    October 21, 2010 17:19

     

    Apple

     

    Rejected

     

    October 18, 2010 10:05

     

    Apple

     

    In Review

     

    October 14, 2010 11:39

     

    Apple

     

    Waiting For Review

     

    October 14, 2010 05:38

     

    Apple

     

    Upload Received