Before iPad/iPhone applications can appear in the App Store they have to undergo an approval process. Apple has revealed the top reasons why apps get rejected.
The company picked the submissions during a week late last month as its example period. From August 21 – 28, it gave the top ten reasons why software submitted wasn’t approved, and noted that these accounted for 58% of all rejections.
The top reason was “More information needed.” Essentially, Apple expects developers to make it easy to test their software, and if important details are left out of the submission, the app will be rejected.
The second reason was buggy software. If an app crashes during testing, it isn’t going to be approved. The company does not allow the release of public beta versions.
Apple requires iOS software to have “simple, refined, creative, well thought through interfaces”. Apple provides developers with guidelines for creating user interfaces, and not following these will get the app rejected.
Not surprisingly, applications that are judged to be deliberately fraudulent or misleading will not be allowed on the App Store.
Other Reasons Why iOS Apps Are Rejected
Apple warns developers that they must meet a rather nebulous standard: it will reject submissions if they don’t offer enough “lasting value”. As the company says, “If your app doesn’t offer much functionality or content, or only applies to a small niche market, it may not be approved.” In short, the software must be “engaging and useful.”
Apps can not be websites made into applications, or a collection of website links. And a developer who submits a number of very similar applications will see them all rejected.