State of the Apps: Mail App Slips Through, Rejection Re-Do's, Paying for Reviews, and NDA Over for 2.2!

First up, with the previous rejection of Gmail client MailWrangler, Engadget says another app which also dares to "duplicate features" found in a Dock App (Apple's own MobileMail) has actually been accepted into the App Store. Did BdEmailer slip through the cracks? Or is this a sign of inconsistency on Apple's part? Hot on the heels of the controversy surrounding Google's Advance Voice Search using non-public API's, developer confidence in the approval process might drop even further...

...Though Ars' own Erica Sadun reveals the story of one developer who, after initially having their App rejected by Apple, tried and tried again, and without making a single change to the app, had it approved the second time around. Embarrassing for Apple, if the policies really are that inconsistent.

Speaking of embarrassing, Wired reveals that one developer actually got Amazon's mechanical turk involved in paying for reviews. Users who get $4 -- $2 to "buy" the app, and $2 in bonus for leaving a 5-star review.

Lastly, Erica Sadun is back to remind us that, with the release of iPhone OS 2.2, the NDA is now lifted regarding that firmware, and the public dumping can begin! Any guesses as to what goodies will be found?

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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State of the Apps: Mail App Slips Through, Rejection Re-Do's, Paying for Reviews, and NDA Over for 2.2!


Tighten the leash, Apple! We longtime Mac users have been waiting a decade for our "superior" smartphone, and now that we finally have it we don't want it mucked up with a bunch of freakish, redundant software.

I loved mobilesafari but it crashes non-stop. There's nothing wrong with choice. Opera mini isn't as smooth but it never crashed on my old Tilt or my old blackberry.

yeAh I wish we could get opera because safari crashes to much but I don't have 2.2 I wonder do it crashes on 2.2