iPhone 3.0: Parental Controls May Change App Store Rejection Policies?

With all of the rejections in the App Store going on as of late it's about time we have some good news for our pal Trent Reznor - see link above - and all of the developers out there.

It seems that Apple has rejected a newspaper reading app, Newspaper(s) [iTunes Link], for containing objectionable content. This app contains newspapers from around the world and one of them has a picture of a topless woman. Apple, however, let the developer know in it's rejection email that Parental Controls have been announced for iPhone OS 3.0 and that it “would be appropriate to resubmit your application for review once this feature is available.”

So there you have it folks. Will these new parental control features (see them in our iPhone 3.0 Walkthrough) help cut down on rejected apps or will we still see these types of rejections take place? Sound off in the comments!

[Via iLounge]

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sting7k says:

Finally, parental controls for apps.

SimpleLeap Software says:

I'm very excited to see how this will be implemented. Whether it will be an option the app developers can set within the application or will the applications have ratings.

thekevinmonster says:

I'm going to bet that:
1) Developers can classify their apps
2) Reviewers will make sure that classification is correct, and will reject apps that are classified wrong.
So if you try to put one of those b00b apps in as an E for Everyone game, you might get rejected.
Apple could follow ESRB ratings since people are familiar with those.

SimpleLeap Software says:

@thekevinmonster
This would seem best.

Steve says:

Why wouldn't Apple just make certain apps inaccessible unless Parental Control is turned on in Settings? Why would Apple leave it up to developers and reviewers to decide?

sting7k says:

@Steve, to make apps blocked by the parental controls they would need to be classified or rated. It's probably much easier to just have the developer say straight up when they submit their apps for review that it has mature content. The reviewers then say yay or nay and assign that classification to be blocked by the parental controls.

Steve says:

But of Apple's reviewing the app, they're going to decide the rating anyway. Seems silly asking the developer to rate their own app. They're most likely always going to go easy on themselves.
Sorry, I thought he meant customer reviewers.

Pj says:

I think this would be a great idea and maybe open up the door for adult only apps and mature apps. If video games can do it so can the iPhone.

SimpleLeap Software says:

@Steve I just don't think most of the companies/developers would even risk having their app rejected or being penalized by Apple by doing this.
As long as Apple details what falls under particular ratings, there should be little reason for miscommunication

dloveprod says:

yes, maybe after 3.0 zintin can come back, it was shut down by apple for having mature content

Sean Peters says:

Umm, let me get this straight. Newspaper reader: allows a user to get a single image of a topless woman. Status: banned. Safari: allows a user to get as much hardcore porn as he/she wants. Status: clear for all users, baby!
If there's a clearer example of why the app store approval process is completely hosed, I can't think of what it could be.

Sean Peters says:

Oh, and how can we forget: NIN application: allows a user access to disturbing lyrics of one of the band's songs. Status: banned. Safari: allows a user to access Nazi hate sites, al Qaeda sites, any other hateful site you can think of, and oh by the way, the same lyrics as found in the NIN site. Status: all systems go!

dev says:

"As long as Apple details what falls under particular ratings, there should be little reason for miscommunication"
Um, yeah, because Apple has such a good record of clearly communicating precise details with iPhone developers.

Rob says:

The newspaper concerned was the UK's The Sun. The breasts concerned were on page 3, a daily treat from a publication that tags itself as 'Britain's best family paper'. Go figure.