Now Apple has issued its own
response and it appears it is indeed claiming responsibility for
the rejection. Apple in the statement says that it does not
think of the app as rejected, but rather considers it under "study".
Apple states that the application alters "the iPhone's
distinctive user experience" and that it "disables Apple's
Visual Voicemail". Apple is also unhappy that the app
syncs the iPhone's contacts with Google contacts, despite the fact
that Apple's Mac computers already can do this.
statement Apple expresses fears that its users wouldn't be able to
understand Google Voice or use it properly, as it replaces frequently used elements of the iPhone interface. It indicates that concerns over confusing users or depriving them of functionality were driving reasons for not approving the
One significant comment which Apple makes is that it would welcome a Google Voice web application. Google is reportedly tailoring just such a web application at this time, which would provide identical functionality to the rejected app.
Interestingly, while it backed up AT&T's
story on the GV rejection, Apple contradicted AT&T's claim that
AT&T never played a part in rejecting apps. It says that it
rejected the SlingPlayer app initially, "because redirecting a
TV signal to an iPhone using AT&T's cellular network is
prohibited by AT&T's customer Terms of Service."
interesting is the inside peek at the app store's approval team given
in the statement. Apparently there's 40 full-time trained
iPhone app reviewers working on the team and they review over 8,500
apps a week. Apple claims only 20 percent of apps are not
approved as originally submitted (this may include delays, though,
such as qualifying the app as adult under the parental
Google was remarkably quiet in its own response.
It said little of interest, except for claiming that it did not
police its Android marketplace (contradictory to reports).
Perhaps there was some more interesting content, but much of its
statement was redacted.
quote: go learn something about journalism
quote: A blog is a journalism outlet
quote: News aggregator? Are we serious here? That would mean DT gathers "news."
quote: In this state one is most likely to believe that is it "confusing" if they didn't know any better, in which case this is most of those that don't bother to research.
quote: The application has not been approved because, as submitted for review, it appears to alter the iPhone’s distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone’s core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging and voicemail. Apple spent a lot of time and effort developing this distinct and innovative way to seamlessly deliver core functionality of the iPhone.
quote: If you don't agree with Mick's interpretation of events, why do you continue to read them? Seems like you just want to troll his posts.
quote: ...Mick falsely quoting his source...
quote: Apple never "expresses fears that its users wouldn't be able to understand Google Voice or use it properly" in any way.
quote: Instead, the company is still just “studying” Google’s application, which is taking a long time since the Voice service might be too confusing for iPhone users, Apple vice president Catherine Novelli wrote in a seven-page letter.
quote: The Google Voice application replaces Apple’s Visual Voicemail by routing calls through a separate Google Voice telephone number that stores any voicemail, preventing voicemail from being stored on the iPhone, i.e., disabling Apple’s Visual Voicemail. Similarly, SMS text messages are managed through the Google hub—replacing the iPhone’s text messaging feature.
quote: We are continuing to study the Google Voice application and its potential impact on the iPhone user experience.
quote: Sure enough, the word "confusing" or any other form of "confuse" does not appear in the Apple statement. Yet Mick quotes Apple not once, but twice as saying "too confusing".
quote: Does Apple expect people to buy that excuse?
quote: At least Telcos are bound to much deeper privacy rules.
quote: ...No contractual conditions or non-contractual understandings with AT&T have been a factor in Apple’s decision-making process in this matter......Apple alone makes the final decisions to approve or not approve iPhone applications.There is a provision in Apple’s agreement with AT&T that obligates Apple not to include functionality in any Apple phone that enables a customer to use AT&T’s cellular network service to originate or terminate a VoIP session without obtaining AT&T’s permission. Apple honors this obligation, in addition to respecting AT&T’s customer Terms of Service, which, for example, prohibit an AT&T customer from using AT&T’s cellular service to redirect a TV signal to an iPhone...