October, traffic numbers for September 2009 for social networking
sites came in and Facebook had over
300 million users, pushing MySpace to second place in user
numbers. One of the things that Facebook users on the iPhone enjoy
and that contributed to the user numbers is the Facebook iPhone app,
which is the most popular app on the App Store.
that built the Facebook app for the iPhone has quit
development for the iPhone and passed the app off to another
engineer at Facebook. TechCrunch reports that Facebook App
developer Joe Hewitt is still at Facebook and is simply working on
Exactly what projects the Hewitt is working on
are unknown. As for the reason why the developer stopped developing
for the iPhone, the reason is clear. Hewitt said, "My decision
to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple’s
policies." Hewitt says that he is "philosophically opposed"
to the existence of a review process and that he is worried Apple's
policy might be implemented by other companies seeking to mimic
Apple's App store success.
Apple has been under increasing
scrutiny for its practices of approving and disapproving apps that
are seemingly haphazardly enforced. Apple has found itself in hot
water with the FCC after the FCC asked AT&T and Apple to explain
why they rejected Google Voice from the App Store.
particularly tough question the FCC posed to the AT&T and Apple
was, "Do any devices that operate on AT&T’s network allow
use of the Google Voice application? Do any devices that operate on
AT&T’s network allow use of other applications that have been
rejected for the iPhone."
Despite Hewitt's stepping away
form iPhone development for Facebook, the social networking giant
still has people working on its iPhone application. Perhaps the
action by a high profile developer will spur others to speak out
about the Apple app approval process.