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Apple: Bye-Bye Fart Apps

Here’s some interesting language from Apple’s newly released App Review Guidlines, rules that don’t bode well for the me-too apps that proliferate in the company’s iTunes App Store–especially the flatulence-focused ones.

  • Apps that duplicate apps already in the App Store may be rejected, particularly if there are many of them.
  • We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps.
  • If your app doesn’t do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted.

So there’s Apple’s (AAPL) official response to the fart-app incursion. One is enough, folks. And if you’ve got a problem with that, well, too bad, says a final bullet point.

• If your app is rejected, we have a Review Board that you can appeal to. If you run to the press and trash us, it never helps.

Sounds like Steve Jobs wrote some of these himself, doesn’t it?

Engadget has the guidelines in full as well as additional analysis.


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