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.

 

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Wobble Updates Soon

Wobble iBoobs has been cruising along very nicely for over two years now, with well over a million installs and income of more than $500,000 in that time. time to give it a bit of a poke and see if we can get back into the charts!

We’ve been working on some other projects but have now decided to bring Wobble up to date, with a big list of improvements.

Last year we launched 3D and the HD versions which saw a large number of downloads and updates… for our next trick we’re adding all the features which users have ever suggested :-) plus some innovative new ideas and control functions that are pretty entertaining.

It’s also time for a revamp, we’ve engaged IconFactory to give Wobble a bit of a tart up, and I think you’ll like what we have in store!

It’s quite interesting to note that Wobble for iOS sells more in a day that Wobble for Android makes in a month, Android users either can’t or just don’t buy Apps. Market share is one thing but if the users don’t buy apps; I can’t see the point of developing for Android?

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

 

####

 

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

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