Curious case of Apple’s Review Team

December 3, 2009

We love Apple!

About ten days ago we sent the new version of our game Pobs to Apple and because of certain circumstances we had to restart Pobs Lite in AppStore.

Ten days passed and update (thank heavens!) appeared in the AppStore. Then we got an email telling that Pobs Lite was rejected. But there’s one interesting detail – for the same reason one game was approved and the second – rejected.

Once upon a time… we used a private API to put the buttons in the window vertically.
Here it is:

Not critical. This was still with the very first version of the game (and there are already 3 of them + lite-version).

Yesterday we got an email for successfull approval of game and a request to remove the private API in the next update:

During our review of your application we found it is using a private API, which is in violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement section 3.3.1; “3.3.1 Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs.” While your application has not been rejected, it would be appropriate to resolve this issue in your next update.

Today we received an email from Apple about rejecting Pobs Lite for absolutely the same reason:

Unfortunately it cannot be added to the App Store because it is using a private API. Use of non-public APIs, which as outlined in the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement section 3.3.1 is prohibited:

“3.3.1 Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs.”

One reason. Different consequences. We love Apple!

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