Easter Eggs Can Bypass App Store Approval
Over at Wired, Macworld alum Brian Chen has an
The story concerns the iPhone app
However, Prins also added in something a little extra: an Easter egg that could reveal the profane lyrics if the user so desired.
As Prins told Chen: "It's almost impossible for Apple to see if there's an Easter egg because they can't really see the source code. In theory a developer could make a simple Easter egg in their app and provide a user with whatever content they want."
The article goes on to argue that malicious apps could take photos without the user's consent, record sound, or even somehow steal address book contacts.
While far be it from us to recommend this as an avenue for sneaking past the App Store's approval process, it could potentially be helpful in the face of bizarre and byzantine restrictions (though if you get caught, the consequences might be even worse).
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