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Apple: Please, We Have Enough iPhone Fart Apps!

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 53 comments

Apple has finally published App Store guidelines for developers hoping to get an application through the App Store approval process. The gist? Nothing mean-spirited, racist, crude or malfunctioning.

Yesterday Apple announced it would be relaxing restrictions on development tools and allowing developers to use third party applications such as Flash to develop apps for iOS. The decision follows the significant criticism Apple faced when it changed the iOS Developer Program license, disallowing third party compilers and tools.

The company also posted some App Store guidelines letting devs know what kinds of applications are not allowed. Previously, developers had no idea of the App Store rules and would only find out if they had broken one of them after their application had been rejected during the approval process. Now Apple is laying the rules out for all to see.

Among other things, it seems Cupertino has noticed the abundance of farting apps and it wants no more.

"We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don't need any more fart apps," the guidelines read. "If your app doesn't do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted."

Apple is also sticking to its guns when it comes to the 'no porn' rule it put in place a while back. The company's new guidelines describe porn as "explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings," and says any applications falling under that category will not be approved. Further, the company will not be approving applications based on user generated content (Chat Roulette is given as an example), as can often become pornographic.

Also not allowed are mean-spirited, racist, violent, or otherwise offensive applications. Apple will also reject anything that's sole purpose is to upset or disgust people. Apps that drain a user's battery or generate excessive heat will not be allowed. Same goes for applications that don't inform users' its using their location, apps in the Beta or testing stages, apps that are mostly just marketing material or ads or apps that push advertising or promotions directly to your phone.

Apple also said that there is a review board you can appeal to if your application gets rejected but warns that "running to the press and trashing us never helps."

Check out the full list of rules and guidelines here

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    candrwhite , September 10, 2010 8:03 PM
    "running to the press and trashing us never helps."

    Really? I thought that's EXACTLY what got the comic strip author's app reinstated.
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    vertigo_2000 , September 10, 2010 8:11 PM
    In the picture Jobs is saying "Pull my finger!"

    Nice choice of pic Jane! Love the sense of humor.
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    tsnorquist , September 10, 2010 8:17 PM
    @vertigo_2000

    If you pull his finger, out spews a blend of gold, diamond, and fairy dust.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , September 10, 2010 7:59 PM
    Great! more restrictions! Keep 'em coming!

    Not
  • 23 Hide
    candrwhite , September 10, 2010 8:03 PM
    "running to the press and trashing us never helps."

    Really? I thought that's EXACTLY what got the comic strip author's app reinstated.
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    stingstang , September 10, 2010 8:04 PM
    Of all the things I disapprove of from apple, this is actually very good. It fits them to have an actual screening process for applications, or software to be installed on to their devices, which is why most people who own macs...have macs. I mean..If I had an iphone, and I was just buying random apps, suddenly my phone is infested with things I don't want, I'd blame the company that let the apps be available.
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    vertigo_2000 , September 10, 2010 8:11 PM
    In the picture Jobs is saying "Pull my finger!"

    Nice choice of pic Jane! Love the sense of humor.
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    tsnorquist , September 10, 2010 8:17 PM
    @vertigo_2000

    If you pull his finger, out spews a blend of gold, diamond, and fairy dust.
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    dxwarlock , September 10, 2010 8:17 PM
    couldn't the title just be "Apple: Please, We Have Enough iPhones!" and be done with it?
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    nevertell , September 10, 2010 8:25 PM
    Why can't they let us use generated content ?

    Oh yeah... (they're apple)

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    JMcEntegart , September 10, 2010 8:37 PM
    vertigo_2000Nice choice of pic Jane! Love the sense of humor.


    Thanks, I grew it myself!
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    hellwig , September 10, 2010 8:42 PM
    At least Apple is telling people what it expects from Apps. I still don't know how Apple gets away with this legally. Imagine if the only way to install programs on Windows 8 is to download them from the pre-approved list from Microsoft's store? The lawsuits would never end.

    stingstang I mean..If I had an iphone, and I was just buying random apps, suddenly my phone is infested with things I don't want, I'd blame the company that let the apps be available.

    I hope this is sarcasm you are directing at mindless Apple users.

    Are you seriously saying if you buy 20 different worthless poker games from Best Buy, its Best Buy's fault for selling them to you, and not your own fault for buying and installing them?
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    nforce4max , September 10, 2010 8:45 PM
    /fart

    /apple why so 1984?

    /apple / Because I am big brother

    /o crap

    /leaves store

    /fanboy sings song below (sub consciously)

    /apple wont need me

    /apple wont feed me when I am 64
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    jerreece , September 10, 2010 8:51 PM
    "Apple is also sticking to its guns when it comes to the 'no porn' rule it put in place a while back."

    - So far the only thing I like about Apple.
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    Shadow703793 , September 10, 2010 9:06 PM
    jerreece"Apple is also sticking to its guns when it comes to the 'no porn' rule it put in place a while back." - So far the only thing I like about Apple.

    Why? It wouldn't make a bit of a difference since people can just get on WiFi ans go to any pr0n site... oh wait.... iOS can't play Flash... oh well.
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    blasterth , September 10, 2010 9:07 PM
    guess no seti@home and similar ...
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    zendax , September 10, 2010 9:25 PM
    stingstangOf all the things I disapprove of from apple, this is actually very good. It fits them to have an actual screening process for applications, or software to be installed on to their devices, which is why most people who own macs...have macs. I mean..If I had an iphone, and I was just buying random apps, suddenly my phone is infested with things I don't want, I'd blame the company that let the apps be available.


    I have mixed feelings about this. One one hand Apple arbitrarily rejecting apps can be frustrating. On the other hand, it can be hard to find the good apps behind the endless slew of shovelware.

    Which is more annoying, the idea of even more fart and other equally useless apps or Apple's censorship? I'm honestly not sure.
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    getreal , September 10, 2010 9:37 PM
    Congratulations, Tomshardware! You posted one of the biggest news stories in technology a day late and added a sensationalist headline, rather than a headline detailing what actually happened! Unbiased journalism at its finest (laugh).

    Call me a troll all you want, but how can you expect intelligent discussion and comments when you instigate and encourage Apple bashing?

    Seems more like you are trolling us!
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    nforce4max , September 10, 2010 10:11 PM
    getrealCongratulations, Tomshardware! You posted one of the biggest news stories in technology a day late and added a sensationalist headline, rather than a headline detailing what actually happened! Unbiased journalism at its finest (laugh).Call me a troll all you want, but how can you expect intelligent discussion and comments when you instigate and encourage Apple bashing?Seems more like you are trolling us!


    We are the ProTrolls :p 

    http://images.mmosite.com/news/2009/12/18/troll/troll3.jpg
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    LORD_ORION , September 10, 2010 10:37 PM
    Well, for certain this will cause fart apps to evolve which is always a good thing. Rather then simple and primitive fart apps, we'll start seeing fart RPGs, FPSes and RTSes.
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    dxwarlock , September 10, 2010 10:40 PM
    getrealCall me a troll all you want, but how can you expect intelligent discussion and comments when you instigate and encourage Apple bashing?


    they are not instigating it, we bash apple of our own free will.
    Apple needs no instigator in any discussion to invoke the bashing, it as its own entity does well enough by itself.
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    N.Broekhuijsen , September 10, 2010 11:02 PM
    dxwarlockthey are not instigating it, we bash apple of our own free will.Apple needs no instigator in any discussion to invoke the bashing, it as its own entity does well enough by itself.

    Hahaha you made my day!

    Still, whilst reading in between the lines on tom's articles it is kind of amusing to see them pick a side.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2010 11:03 PM
    The company's new guidelines describe porn as "explicit descriptions or displays of sexual organs or activities intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings,"

    I guess that means no pictures of iProducts. They can't have all their fanboys jizzing on their phones and voiding the warranty now, can they?
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