Ex-Apple App Store reviewer gives insight on what it's like "sitting there looking at things that may or may not be d*cks all day long"

An ex-Apple employee that spent his time sifting through iOS App Store submissions talked a bit about what life was like at Apple in an interview. Mike Lee has, if nothing else, an interesting experience to relay.

People have this idea that there are 100 people in India doing app reviews. It's just people in a building at Apple, and like every other part of Apple, they can't get enough really good people. Apple will not compromise the quality of its teams to fill it in. I promise you its a lot smaller than you imagine. ... It's a very serious problem, trying to filter out things that no one is there to see. Somebody has to sit there and filter out all those d*cks. You can't let all those d*cks get through. You have to err way on the side of safety. You have to have people sitting there looking at things that may or may not be d*cks all day long. Apple refuses to farm stuff out to massive groups of people. They insist on having actual smart, educated, well-trained people doing the job. So that means they have to have some of their actual employees sifting through a pile of d*cks. ... The only way to deal with it is to set the bar so far away from d*cks so that even a picture of a cucumber gets blocked by accident. Because if you don't, you have people spending hours and hours of conversation on whether something is a pubic hair. It's a huge waste of time.

App reviewers have tended to be demonized by developers that have been denied or pulled from the App Store, but cast in this light, it's easy to sympathize with their situation; after going through a giant pile of penises, Mike Lee admits that their team "may accidentally toss out the gem".

Source: BusinessInsider

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Ex-Apple App Store reviewer gives insight on what it's like "sitting there looking at things that may or may not be d*cks all day long"


This is hands down the worst story I have ever read on any website ever about anything Apple related.
I can not believe you even spent the time posting this and even worse I can not believe I spent the time reading it.
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You're just mad you didn't get to see any dicks pics to go with the article. Relax the internet is you'r friend.

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I would think that most high school students could easily handle Level I dick spotting and escalate the rest to the specialists. Thru a few basic rules, you could cut down the amount of daily fray dramatically.
Apple's refusal to do this is their own problem I guess. Those dicks..

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I've always known there were a lot of d*cks at Apple. I told some of you here there were. You believe me know don't you.

I am totally fine with the occasional story like this. Not only was the quote chuckle worthy, but the chosen picture was a masterful finishing touch. I recognized the humor in this post, and those that didn't could probably stand to lighten up. Besides, the great majority of Simon's posts are full of good, detailed news.